Six policemen killed in attack in northern Burkina Faso

Six policemen have been killed in an attack in northern Burkina Faso , in a region prone to jihadist violence , security sources said .

A group of officers was ambushed on Monday “by armed individuals ” in Soum province , one source said .

Another source said the attack by “ armed terrorist groups operating in the region ” left six dead .

It came after the government said 29 civilians were killed and six wounded in two attacks on Sunday in the northern province of Sanmatenga .

The same day four soldiers were wounded in Yatenga province , also in the north , a security source said Monday .

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore condemned , in a tweet , “ these unspeakable attacks , these despicable acts ( which) will not go unpunished ”.

A former French colony that ranks among the world ’ s poorest countries , the West African nation has been struggling with Islamist unrest since 2015 .

The country ’ s army has been increasingly targeted by jihadists . Earlier this month , an attack on a military base in northern Burkina Faso killed 24 in an unprecedented blow to the army in its campaign against jihadists .

The insurgency , which came from neighbouring Mali , began in the north but has since spread to the east.

Since 2015 , more than 500 people have died in attacks that have become increasingly violent .

The capital Ouagadougou has been attacked three times, including a March 2018 jihadist assault on the military headquarters that left eight dead .

A summit of regional heads of state is due to be held in Ouagadougou on Saturday to discuss the security situation.

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