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Bomb attacks kill five Burkina troops

Five members of the security forces were killed in roadside bomb attacks in eastern Burkina Faso at the weekend, officials said.

A security official said, a policeman and a soldier were killed on Saturday when their vehicle struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Kompienga. Late Sunday, three soldiers were killed in the same area by the same technique, another official said.

The official also said that, a third person who was in the vehicle was injured and taken to hospital. The attacks bear the hallmarks of jihadist groups whose insurgency in the Sahel spilled over into Burkina Faso four years ago. More than 300 people have been killed, typically in hit-and-run raids, and the capital Ouagadougou has been hit three times.

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According to a toll compiled by AFP, attacks using IEDs began in August 2018 and have claimed more than 60 lives. The armed forces began an anti-terror operation, named Otapuana (“Lightning”), in the centre and east of the country earlier this month. According to the authorities, it aims at neutralizing terrorists and destroying hiding places in forests in the region.

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