Gunmen attack kills 4 in northern Burkina Faso

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-04 18:58:29|Editor: xuxin
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OUAGADOUGOU, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Burkina Faso's MP Oumarou Dicko, also mayor of Djibo community, and three other people were killed in an ambush on Sunday in the troubled northern Sahel region of the country.

The region's governor colonel-major Salfo Kaboré said the ambush was carried out in the road axis linking Djibo, in the Soum province, and Namsiguia, in the central-north Bam province, about 160 km north to the capital Ouagadougou.

The vehicle carrying the four persons "has been subject to combined attacks launched by unidentified gunmen", he said.

Burkina Faso is faced with a worsening security situation, mostly in northern regions, by almost daily terrorist attacks that have sparked a wave of panic in the country.

The situation caused the closure of 1,455 pre-schools, post-primary schools and secondary schools in 2019, and affected 202,595 pupils and 6,276 teachers in six regions.

Since 2015, terrorist attacks have claimed the lives of over 500 people including 200 of the armed forces and displaced thousands of others in the West-African country.