“A GAT ambush [Groupes armés terroristes] targeted a mixed patrol of soldiers and VDP [Volontaires pour la défense de la patrie, supplétifs de l’armée]in the commune of Bouroum [dans le nord du pays]. The toll is three fallen soldiers and eight VDPs,” said a security source. Another source from the security services confirmed, speaking of with “ provisional “.
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According to this last source, “the clash took place in the locality of Silmangué, in the province of Namentenga”. “The provisional report shows a dozen victims, two injured and two missing,” she added.
This attack comes two weeks after the military coup of September 30, perpetrated by Captain Ibrahim Traoré, against Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, and the day after Captain Traoré was appointed as president of the transition by national bases.
Spiral of violence
It was the second coup in eight months, linked to the security situation in this country plagued by jihadist violence for seven years. On January 24, soldiers led by Lieutenant-Colonel Damiba, grouped within a junta called the Patriotic Movement for Safeguarding and Restoration (MPSR), had reversed President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, accused of incapacity in the face of the jihadist attacks which have multiplied.
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They have not ceased in eight months and, faced with the constant deterioration of the situation, a new putsch took place on September 30, which brought to the head of the MPSR Ibrahim Traoré, in order to “refocus the transition on the emergencies safe,” according to the junta.
Burkina Faso has been caught in a spiral of violence since 2015 attributed to jihadist movements affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group. These regular attacks have claimed thousands of lives and forced some two million people to flee their homes. More than 40% of the territory escapes State control, particularly on the side of the borders with Mali and the Niger.