Five killed in attack on gendarmerie post in Burkina Faso

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-05 00:37:14|Editor: yan
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OUAGADOUGOU, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- At least five gendarmes of Burkina Faso have lost their lives on Monday in an attack on their post in Oursi region, security source told Xinhua.

"Several dozen unidentified gunmen attacked early this morning the gendarmerie post in Oursi. The provisional toll is five dead", security officer on Monday told Xinhua on phone on condition of anonymity.

A local source said the damage to the post "demonstrates how violent the attack was".

On Sunday, MP Oumarou Dicko, also mayor of Djibo community, and three companions perished in an ambush on Sunday in the Sahel region.

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

The situation caused the closure of 1,455 pre-school, post-primary schools and secondary schools in 2019, 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 armed forces soldiers and displaced thousands of others in the west African country.