19 killed as Police foil jihadist attack in Burkina Faso 


No fewer than 18 Jihadists have been killed while attempting to attack a police base in Arbinda, Soum Province of Burkina Faso, authorities said. 

A statement by the police said one officer was killed and seven officers were wounded in the Wednesday attack.  

“The attackers were repulsed thanks to a prompt response,” police said in a statement. 

Police recovered weapons, motorcycles and GPS equipment belonging to the jihadists from the scene. 

The attack comes after the Burkina Faso army said it had killed 32 terrorists last week in a twin operation in the north of the impoverished and politically fragile Sahel country. 

Due to lack of resources, training and underfunding of security forces efforts to quell the jihadist violence which has intensified throughout 2019 to become almost daily remains low.

Jihadist groups including Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have claimed responsibility for ranging attacks in the country. 

Despite the presence of the regional G5 Sahel force and troops from the US and France, the Sahel region, including Burkina Faso’s neighbours Mali and Niger, has been afflicted by the violence. 

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