In Summary
  • A group of officers was ambushed on Monday "by armed individuals" in Soum province, one source said.
  • Another source said the attack by "armed terrorist groups operating in the region" left six dead.
  • President Roch Marc Christian Kabore condemned, in a tweet, "these unspeakable attacks, these despicable acts (which) will not go unpunished".

OUAGADOUGOU,

Six policemen have been killed in an attack in northern Burkina Faso, in a region prone to jihadist violence, security sources said.

A group of officers was ambushed on Monday "by armed individuals" in Soum province, one source said.

Another source said the attack by "armed terrorist groups operating in the region" left six dead.

It came after the government said 29 civilians were killed and six wounded in two attacks on Sunday in the northern province of Sanmatenga.

The same day four soldiers were wounded in Yatenga province, also in the north, a security source said Monday.

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore condemned, in a tweet, "these unspeakable attacks, these despicable acts (which) will not go unpunished".

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