At least fourteen civilians, including students, were killed on Saturday by the explosion of a home-made device while passing a bus in northwestern Burkina Faso, security sources said.
« A public transport vehicle jumped on a craft this morning on the Toeni-Tougan axis (Sourou province, bordering Mali). The provisional death toll is 14 dead and four seriously injured who have been taken care of, « a security source told AFP.
« The incident took place around 9:00 am (local and GMT) and the security and rescue missions were immediately deployed on the spot, » said the same source.
« The victims are mainly students (from a college) who returned to their place of study after spending the holidays with the family, » said another security source, confirming the « provisional assessment ».
In a statement on Saturday, the General Staff of the Burkinabé armies also made the case of an attack on a gendarmerie unit in Inata (north) which occurred « Friday January 3, around 5:00 am ».
« With exemplary composure and responsiveness, the elements succeeded in defeating the attackers. The balance sheet shows a dozen terrorists neutralized, « the statement said.
« Armaments, ammunition and various materials including narcotics have also been recovered ».
Burkina Faso, bordering Mali and Niger, is facing jihadist attacks that have left around 750 dead and 560,000 displaced since 2015.
The North and East are particularly affected. Ouagadougou, the capital, was hit three times.
The attacks with homemade devices, which began in August 2018, have multiplied since.
Burkinabé President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré said in a televised address to the nation on New Years Eve that the « victory » over « terrorism » was « certain ».