At least 12 people, including 10 army auxiliaries and two civilians, were killed in an ambush by suspected jihadists in northern Burkina Faso, local and security sources reported to AFP on Sunday.
“Yesterday (Saturday) morning, a food convoy escorted by volunteers for the defense of the homeland (VDP) was the target of an ambush on the Dori-Gorgadji road”, during which “12 people were killed”, said a source. security.
A local official confirmed to AFP that 10 reserve troops had “fallen”.
Since 2015 jihadist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have regularly carried out attacks in the north and east of Burkina Faso, killing more than 2,000 people and displacing nearly two million.
Riots linked to jihadist groups also plague West African neighbors Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
The three landlocked countries are among the poorest in the world, and their militaries are ill-equipped against an enemy experienced in hit-and-run raids, ambushes and roadside bombing.
In December 2019, Burkina established the VDP auxiliary force, which is among the units that have suffered the most losses.
Recruits receive two-week military training and then work alongside the military, typically performing surveillance, intelligence gathering, or escort duties.