December 6, 2019
Africa

Burkina Faso army says 32 ‘terrorists’ killed after deadly convoy attack

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The Burkina Faso army said on Sunday it had killed 32 "terrorists" in two operations in the north of the country, days after dozens of people were killed in an ambush on a convoy transporting employees of a Canadian mining company.

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The army said 24 people were killed in the first operation on Friday and a further eight in a second on Saturday.

The first operation in Yorsala in Loroum province saw a number of women who "had been held and used by the terrorists as sex slaves" freed.

Arms, ammunition and other materials were also recovered in the second operation on the outskirts of Bourzanga in Bam province, the army statement added.

The impoverished and politically fragile Sahel country has been struggling to quell a rising jihadist revolt that has claimed hundreds of lives since early 2015.

Earlier this month, an attack on a convoy transporting local employees of Canadian mining company Semafo left 37 people dead and 60 wounded.

Such attacks – typically hit-and-run raids on villages, road mines and suicide bombings – have claimed nearly 700 lives across the country since early 2015, according to an AFP toll.

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