At least 14 soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in an ambush against a military convoy in Burkina Faso, the government said late Thursday.
The incident occurred on Wednesday along the Tinakof-Beldiabe road in Burkina Faso’s northern province of Oudalan.
“A unit of the Tin-Akoff military detachment in the province of Oudalan, Sahel region fell into an ambush on Wednesday perpetrated by a group of terrorists, killing 14 and eight wounded, three of whom were serious,” Communication Minister Remis Dandjinou said.
He said defense and security forces engaged in search operations to track down the perpetrators of the attack.
A security source who requested anonymity told Anadolu Agency that the Burkinabe army has “neutralize at least nine suspected terrorists.”
Dandjinou called on the populations to work together to put an end to terrorism which, according to a report published in August by the Economic and Social Council (CES) of Burkina Faso, has already killed more than 1,600 people since 2015.
The attack is the third recorded in the Sahel and north-central Burkina Faso since the start of the electoral campaign on Oct. 31.