Jihadist conflicts leaves 14 dead in Burkina Faso.

Four Burkina Faso soldiers were Killed by Gunmen and five others injured near the Malian border on Monday, a day after 10 civilians were killed nearby in a separate attack.

Jihadist groups, already a major security headache for neighboring Mali and Niger, have rapidly spread into Burkina Faso’s remote north in the past two months, killing soldiers and civilians in a spate of attacks.

The soldiers killed on Monday’s assault belonged to an anti-terrorism unit operating in the Nassoumbou area in northern Burkina Faso, the army said in a statement.



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The same unit lost 12 soldiers in December 2016 in an attack claimed by Ansarul Islam, an al Qaeda-linked insurgent group.

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On Sunday unidentified gunmen targeted a road leading to a market in the village of Sikire, in the same region, killing 10 civilians, two security sources told Reporters.

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A local cow herder who witnessed the attack declined to be named for fear of reprisals said several gunmen had arrived on motorbikes and started shooting apparently at random.

“France… is concerned about the increase in attacks against security forces and civilian populations of the country,” it said in a statement.

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