Soldiers killed in an attack in Burkina Faso

At least eight soldiers in Burkina Faso have been killed after an attack in the Northern part of the country.

Officials say a military detachment was targeted in Sanmatenga province on Monday, but no group has yet claimed responsibility.

At least five more people were injured with large amounts of equipment lost and some damaged.

The government says it has plans to improve security in the region.

Clean-up operations are under way and the wounded have been evacuated,” said the government.

Groups with links to the Daesh/ISIS terror group are known to frequently carry out similar attacks in the country.

This follows a recent incident last that saw five Burkinabé soldiers die in the north of the country when their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device.

Since 2015 Burkina Faso has seen an escalation in attacks, with the UN saying that more than 1 million people have been displaced.

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