Burkina Faso – 15 victims in attack on military – politics
In an attack on soldiers and militiamen in West Africa Burkina Faso at least 15 people have been killed. Four others were wounded and 11 people were missing, the army said on Sunday. A military unit and members of a state-approved citizen militia were attacked on Saturday in Gourma province in the east of the country as they were returning from picking up supplies. The dead are 13 soldiers and two members of the militia. Armed groups are active in the Sahel state with around 21 million inhabitants, some of which belong to the terrorist group Islamic State or the terrorist network Al-Qaeda. Long-lasting droughts and hunger crises are also causing problems for Burkina Faso, which is impoverished despite rich gold deposits. A few days ago, a new government was sworn in in Burkina Faso – about a month after the last coup. Captain Ibrahim Traoré, the new President of Burkina Faso, overthrew his predecessor, Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, at the end of September. He accused him of not doing enough to counter terrorism in the country.