8 soldiers killed in an ambush in the Sahel (Army)

AA/ Ouagadougou/Dramane Traoré

Eight Burkinabè soldiers were killed and 41 “terrorists” neutralized on Tuesday in an ambush by unidentified gunmen against a military unit in the province of Oudalan in the Burkinabè Sahel region, the army announced on Wednesday in a communicated.

The incident took place on Tuesday during the return movement of the units engaged in the response and search initiated following the attack on the Déou detachment on Monday, killing two in the ranks of the army, the statement said.

A unit composed of elements of the 11th Commando Infantry Regiment ambushed 11 kilometers from Oursi in the province of I’Oudalan, Sahel region, according to the same source.

“Faced with heavy enemy fire, the unit put up a particularly vigorous and courageous reaction which forced the terrorists to flee, leaving behind them 41 bodies of their own. Armaments, ammunition and rolling stock were also seized,” said the Burkinabè army.

The same source specifies that in its ranks, “eight (08) soldiers unfortunately lost their lives during the fighting and a dozen others were injured”.

The intervention of the reinforcements allowed the evacuation of the wounded to the health services of the Armies for their care, the army said.

This Wednesday, at least one Burkinabè policeman was killed in a clash with unidentified armed individuals in the province of Yatenga, in the north of the country, according to concordant security sources.
Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been the target of terrorist attacks that have left many victims and thousands of internally displaced people.

The number of internally displaced persons, which was 1,902,150 on April 30, 2022 in Burkina Faso, fell to 1,520,012 on September 7, 2022, according to the Burkinabè government, which explained this drop of 382,138 people by spontaneous returns and removal of duplicates in the reference database.

On Monday, Burkinabe President Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba carried out a slight ministerial reshuffle after which he now assumes the duties of Minister of National Defense and Veterans Affairs.


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