No less than eight different troopers have been wounded within the assault close to the nation’s border with Mali, the federal government says.
Twelve Burkina Faso troopers have been killed and eight wounded in an ambush by suspected rebels close to the West African nation’s border with Mali, the federal government mentioned.
Communications Minister Ousseni Tamboura “strongly condemned the barbaric assault” on Sunday close to the village of Dounkoun in Toeni commune in Sourou province, the most recent in a collection each close to the borders with Mali and Niger.
“Members of the bottom forces and the speedy intervention power GARSI have been ambushed” within the northwest Boucle du Mouhoun area, Tamboura mentioned in an announcement on Monday. “The provisional toll signifies 12 troopers fallen and eight wounded.”
The assertion added seven troopers went lacking after the ambush however have been discovered at daybreak on Monday, together with one who had been wounded within the thigh, although he was in secure situation.
“Clear-up operations are beneath approach and the wounded have been evacuated,” mentioned the minister, who can also be a authorities spokesman.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore mentioned in a tweet that “we proceed to wage with out concession the warfare the obscurantist and barbaric forces have imposed on our nation”.
The president additionally paid “tribute to our fallen troopers in Toeni and immediate restoration for the wounded”.
A safety supply advised the AFP information company that the assault occurred about 3pm (15:00 GMT), including autos had been destroyed or captured through the ambush sprung by what he referred to as insurgent fighters.
“It’s actually revenge for the loss of life of two jihadist leaders who have been energetic in the identical Boucle du Mouhoun area, who have been neutralised [on Saturday] by the armed forces,” the supply added.
He recognized the 2 leaders as Sidibe Ousmane, often known as Mouslim, and non secular chief Bande Amadou, the supply mentioned.
They have been killed by a particular military unit following exchanges of fireside between Diamasso and Bouni, in Kossi province, the federal government mentioned on Sunday in an announcement.