25 December, 2019
They say seven soldiers and 80 militants were killed as the army repelled Tuesday’s attack in Arbinda, the northern Soum province.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore declared two days of national mourning in the landlocked West African country.
No group has so far said it was behind for the attack.
Once relatively stable, Burkina Faso has descended into serious unrest, with a home-grown insurgency and the spillover from jihadist militancy in Mali. Hundreds of people have been killed this year and a million displaced.
The conflict spread across the border from neighboring Mali where Islamist militants took over the north of the country in 2012 before French troops pushed them out. (Int’l Monitoring Desk)