At least 11 soldiers were killed in Burkina Faso on Wednesday, as Burkinabes were mourning dozens of victims who had died in double attacks targeting the country’s north a day earlier.
There was worldwide condemnation after Tuesday’s attacks, the worst assault in the country for five years, in which at least 35 civilians, mostly women, and seven soldiers were killed in Arbinda town and at a military base, in the volatile Soum province. Eighty fighters also died in gunfire exchanges.
Early on Wednesday, an army patrol near Hallale in the Sahel region – in the same Soum province – was ambushed, according to Radio Omega. As well as the 11 soldiers, at least five fighters were killed in the assault some 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the first attacks.
All Christmas celebrations were cancelled in the wake of Tuesday’s attack, which prompted UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to offer his “deep condolences” to the victims’ families.