OUAGADOUGOU, 11 November 2020 – Seven soldiers were shot dead Wednesday after a patrol of the Burkinabe security forces was ambushed in the northern part of the country.

The incident occurred between Tin Akoff and Beldiabe in Oudalan Province, which borders neighboring Mali and Niger.

It is not yet clear how many other soldiers were taken prisoners in the incident and how many were injured.

Officials in the capital, Ouagadougou, said Thursday that a military operation had been launched “to hunt down the assailants” and find the missing soldiers.

More than 1,200 people have been killed since 2015, when jihadists based in neighboring Mali first launched incursions into Burkina Faso.

In a similar ambush last September, four Burkinabe soldiers were killed.

On account of the insecurity created by the insurgency, parliament recently approved for the upcoming parliamentary elections in the country to proceed and for the outcome to count despite the fact that about 1,500 of 8,000 villages cannot take part in the ballot.

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