Twin attacks on Burkina Faso military outposts


Four soldiers and a police officer were killed in two attacks on military outposts in northern Burkina Faso, the Burkinabe army said.

Raids by Islamist militants as well as clashes between herding and farming communities surged this year, killing hundreds of civilians and soldiers.

In the early hours of Saturday, unidentified assailants attacked a military position in Bahn and another in Yense village, the army said in a statement.

The attacks happened “almost at the same moment,” it said.

Troops were able to retain control of the positions and repel the attackers, it said.

Once relatively calm, Burkina suffered a home-grown insurgency over the past three years, amplified by a spill-over of jihadist violence from Mali.