Burkina Faso: 53 Burkina Faso soldiers and volunteers were killed in clashes with militants, the army claims

Burkina Faso: 53 Burkina Faso soldiers and volunteers were killed in clashes with militants, the army claims

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

Seventeen troopers and 36 volunteer contenders have been killed in weighty conflicts with aggressors in northern Burkina Faso, the military has said. The country in West Africa, which has been fighting hardline militants for years, has suffered its worst attack in months.

Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been fighting armed groups in its northern desert region, some of which have links to al-Qaida and Islamic State.

Assaults have deteriorated for this present year, making the country the focal point of a savage development that has likewise inundated adjoining Mali and Niger, killing a great many individuals and constraining millions from their homes. Endeavors by the military to retake regions have frequently prompted immense expansions in viciousness.

The most recent battling in Burkina Faso occurred on Monday in Yatenga area, where the military has been attempting to reconquer an area to permit uprooted locals to get back, the military’s proclamation said. At the time of reporting, the area was still undergoing operations.

There were two military upsets in Burkina Faso last year. After the subsequent one, in October, Burkina Faso requested French drives out in the midst of developing pressure between the junta and Paris.

Burkina Faso’s rulers have increasingly turned to volunteer defense forces for assistance due to a lack of troops and supplies. These furnished regular citizens, who assist with policing the rustic north, are much of the time got up to speed in destructive attacks, remembering one for April when 34 individuals were killed in a strike.

Russia has been sought by the junta as a replacement for France. During a meeting last week, a Russian delegation talked to Ibrahim Traoré, the interim president of Burkina Faso, about possible military cooperation.

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