Armed groups carry out major attack in Burkina Faso, say security sources

The detachment in the Sahel region was the target of a “large-scale jihadist attack perpetrated by armed terrorist groups” on Sunday, a security source said, adding that the army imposed “heavy losses” on the attackers. Some soldiers were killed in the attack, they said, without giving a figure.

The attack and the losses among the assailants’ ranks were confirmed by another security source. “The attack began around 3pm (local time and GMT) and was carried out by several hundred armed men who tried in vain to penetrate the (military base),” said the source.

They added that the attackers were hit by army aircraft. The security source said that the attack was carried out by “several waves of armed groups” for more than three hours.

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