3 Burkina police killed in attack

2016-06-01 18:14
Burkina Faso police investigate a case in Ouagadougou. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

Burkina Faso police investigate a case in Ouagadougou. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

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Ouagadougou - Unidentified gunmen killed three police officers in northern Burkina Faso near the Malian border, a regional official said on Wednesday.

A high-ranking official from Oudalam province said: "Three police officers were killed. The attackers killed them in the police station in Intamgom," a village about 5km from the border.

"There were three or four attackers. They headed back to Mali afterwards. We aren't sure yet, but it looks like a terrorist attack given the modus operandi," he said.

A government source confirmed the attack and the toll.

The assault was the second to hit a police station near Mali in less than a fortnight.

Two officers were injured on May 17 when gunmen raided a police station in Koutoukou in the neighbouring province of Soum.

Until this year Burkina Faso had avoided the attacks and hostage-taking by jihadist groups which had wracked other Sahel countries since 2008.

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