Gunmen have attacked a safety submit in northern Ivory Coast close to the border with Burkina Faso, killing at the least 10 troopers and injuring six others, Ivory Coast’s military chief stated Thursday.
It was the primary main jihadist assault within the West African nation since 2016 when al-Qaeda’s North African department killed at the least 19 folks on the Grand-Bassam seashore resort space.
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Thursday’s early morning assault focused a military and gendarmerie submit in Kafolo in Sikolo prefecture, in accordance with a press release by Armed Forces Chief Lassina Doumbia.
President Alassane Ouattara stated investigations are underway to find out “the nature, circumstances and definitive toll of this attack,” the assertion stated. “In the interim, urgent measures are being taken,” together with placing all troops on excessive alert and sweeping the area to seek out the attackers.
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In May, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso launched joint operations alongside the border area. Fighters affiliated with al-Qaida and the Islamic State group have staged a rising variety of assaults and gained extra territory up to now yr in Burkina Faso, displacing greater than 750,000 folks in that nation’s north.
There have been rising considerations over the attainable presence of Islamic militants in Ivory Coast.