Five soldiers of Burkina Faso army were killed Wednesday in the blast of an improvised explosive device in the Sahel region, statement from the army said.
According to the statement, a squad of militaries were targeted by an improvised explosive device attack around 3 p.m. Wednesday during a reconnaissance mission in the Mentao locality in the Soum province.
“Provisionary toll stood at 5 soldiers killed and one injured,” the statement said, adding that quick land and air support enabled to evacuate the victims and launch a sweep operation in the area.
Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been facing a worsening security situation, with terrorist attacks claiming the lives of more than 1,000 people and displacing over 1 million others. Enditem