Burkina Faso: a gendarmerie attacked in the north by armed individuals - JeuneAfrique.com

A gendarme was seriously wounded on November 8 in the attack of a gendarmerie brigade in northern Burkina Faso by armed individuals, reported security sources.

"This Thursday morning [8 November, ed] around 6h00 (local and GMT), armed individuals attacked the gendarmerie Namsiguia," 175 km from the capital Ouagadougou, said a security services. "A gendarme was seriously injured," he added on condition of anonymity, attributing the attack to jihadist militants.

According to another security source, the attack lasted "about 20 minutes before being repulsed by the defense and security forces." This attack is the first in Namsiguia, 35km Djibo, large city of northern Burkina Faso and capital of the province of Soum, including the gendarmerie was also attacked mid-October.

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Frequent attacks

On Monday, two soldiers were killed and three injured in Nassoumbou, northern Burkina Faso, near the Malian border, by the explosion of a craft machine (IED), according to security sources. Burkina Faso has been confronted since the beginning of 2015 with jihadist attacks more and more frequent and deadly. First located in the North, these have spread to other localities, especially in the east of the country.

The capital Ouagadougou was struck three times, the last time in March, these attacks totaling nearly 60 dead. According to an official report drawn up mid-September, Islamic attacks have made 118 dead, 70 civilians and 48 members of the security services. At least 30 people have been killed since then, according to a count made by AFP.

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