11 policemen killed in Burkina Faso militant attack
Published: 12:29 PM, 23 June 2021
The government said the military is conducting operations to rescue the missing policemen; Photo: Collected
At least 11 policemen have been killed in a militant attack in the West African country of Burkina Faso. Four more policemen have been missing since the attack.
The incident took place in Yirgou, the conflict-torn north town of the country on Tuesday, Al Jazeera reported.
In a statement on Tuesday, Burkina Faso’s Security Minister Ousseini Compaore said police officers on duty had been attacked while conducting relief operations in the northern city of Yirgou. Violence has escalated in the town of Yirgou in recent times.
Ousseini Compaore further said the military is conducting operations to rescue the missing policemen and arrest the accused after the attack.
However, no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Burkina Faso has been battling a growing number of attacks by armed militia groups since 2015. Most of these armed groups are affiliated with the militant groups Al-Qaeda and IS.
Attacks by these terrorist groups have killed at least 1,400 people in the country so far. The first attack took place in 2015 on the country’s northern border with Mali, later, it spread all over the country, resulting in the severe humanitarian crisis in the West African nation.