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Burkina Faso: at least two police officers killed in the explosion of a mine

AA / Ouagadougou / Dramane Traoré

At least two Burkinabè police officers were killed and four others injured on Saturday in the explosion of a mine as their vehicle passed on the Taparko-Tougouri axis in the Center-North of the country, we learned on Sunday. from trusted sources.

“A team from the Republican Security Company (CRS) leaving for the relief of the security post on the Taparko mining site hit an improvised explosive device on Saturday in the locality of Ouanobia. The provisional report mentions 2 police officers killed and 4 wounded,” reported the platform for monitoring terrorist attacks “Sahel Security”.

The explosion took place on the Taparko-Tougouri axis in the Center-North of the country, a security source told Anadolu Agency.

The team of police went to secure the gold mine operated by the Russian company Nordgold and which announced on April 11, the cessation of operations for reasons of insecurity.

No party claimed responsibility for the attack until Sunday at 07:00 GMT. The security authorities have not yet communicated officially on the incident.

Also on Saturday, an ambulance from the Manni health district, in the province of Gnagna (East), was withdrawn in the morning by armed men on the Kaya-Manni axis, reported the Burkina Information Agency ( AIB / official).

More than 2,000 soldiers and civilians were killed, 3,683 schools closed – or 14% of educational structures – more than a hundred health structures closed and 1,814,283 internally displaced due to terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, according to the authorities.

On Friday, the Burkinabè ministry in charge of national defense announced in a press release the recruitment of 3,000 rank and file soldiers to strengthen the fight against terrorism.

Since 2020, the government has already called on volunteers for the defense of the homeland (VDP), trained and armed civilians to support the army.

In addition, the authorities have recently called up retired soldiers to reinforce the workforce in the field.

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