35 Civilians Killed, 37 Wounded In IED Blast In Burkina Faso In West Africa
Burkina Faso: IED blast in Burkina Faso, West Africa. According to the report, At least 35 civilians killed and 37 others wounded in IED blast in Burkina Faso in West Africa. The deaths occurred when a vehicle in a convoy hit an improvised explosive device (IED).
Governor Rodolphe Sorgho said in a statement, “One of the vehicles carrying civilians hit an improvised explosive device. The provisional toll was 35 dead and 37 injured, all civilians.”
He said a convoy of supplies in the troubled north was rescued by the army and the incident took place between Jibo and Borjunga. “Escorts quickly secured the perimeter and took measures to help the victims,” the statement said, adding that the convoy had left north for Burkina’s capital, Ouagadougou.
In early August, 15 soldiers were killed in a double IED blast in the same area. Jihadist groups have recently carried out similar attacks on main roads leading to the main cities of the north – Dori and Jibo.
Fighting is concentrated in the north and east, led by jihadists suspected of having links with al-Qaeda or the Islamic State group.
With more than 40 percent of the country out of government control, Burkina’s ruling junta, which seized power in January, declared the fight against the insurgency a top priority.