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Jihadists kill more than 50 of their military comrades in Burkina Faso

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Jihadists kill more than 50 of their military comrades in Burkina Faso

The army in Burkina Faso announced on Tuesday that more than 50 security personnel were killed and dozens wounded during fierce fighting with jihadists in northern Burkina Faso.

The army said in a statement that 17 soldiers and three dozen volunteer fighters helping the army were killed in Cumbri town in Yatenga province on Monday. The army said dozens of Islamist militants were also killed as part of an operation to try to push back jihadists from Cumbria so that the displaced could return.

“This extremely cowardly act will not go unpunished. Every effort is being made to disrupt the remaining terrorist elements who are fleeing,” the statement added.

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The West African country has been devastated by increasing jihadist attacks linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State group that have killed thousands, displaced more than two million people and pushed tens of thousands to the brink of starvation. The violence has divided a once peaceful nation, leading to two coups last year and a surge in attacks that encircle the capital, Ouagadougou. Conflict analysts say nearly half of the country is outside government control.

Since the first coup in January 2022, the number of people killed by jihadists has nearly tripled compared to the previous 18 months, according to a report by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

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The flag of Burkina Faso flies in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, November 27, 2017. (Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images)

“This violence, combined with the geographic spread of extremist activities surrounding Ouagadougou, is putting Burkina Faso on the brink of collapse more than ever,” the report said.

The group said the jihadists have also surrounded more than two dozen towns, depriving nearly a million people of the ability to easily access food and goods and to move freely.

Reda Liamouri, a senior fellow at the Center for New South Politics, a Moroccan, said that the killings that took place on Monday were one of the largest attacks since Captain Ibrahim Traore seized power in the second coup last September, and were against one of the largest military detachments. . based think tank.

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“While the state forces are trying to recapture some areas and create an environment suitable for the return of the displaced, this offensive increases pressure on other key areas in the region, such as the regional capital, Ohigweya,” he added. “It refers to the challenges that the country’s forces are facing and will face in the coming months,” he added.

Rights groups and analysts have accused security forces of killing civilians believed to be linked to the jihadists.

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies said that the number of civilians killed by the army or volunteers since the first coup tripled to 762, compared to the previous year and a half.

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An Associated Press investigation earlier this year found that security forces in Burkina Faso had killed children at a military base outside the town of Ouahigouya.

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