According to reports, seven soldiers have been murdered, others wounded and some feared missing after their patrol was ensnared in northern Burkina Faso, the point of a five-year-old jihadist insurgency.
The troops were attacked on Wednesday between Tin Akoff and Beldiabe in Oudalan province, which borders Mali and Niger, one source reported.
“The provisional toll is seven soldiers dead,” the source continued, with others wounded or missing.
Another source lent credence to the attack, stating that an operation has been launched “to hunt down the assailants” and find the missing soldiers.
The conflict began in 2015, when Malian Jihadists started invading Northern Burkina Faso causing the death of over 1,200 people while causing more than one million to flee their homes.
In the most recent attack which occurred in September, four soldiers were left dead.
Since Burkina Faso is set to hold presidential and legislative elections by November 22, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who is vying for a second term, promised to find a lasting solution to the problem of insurgency.
But if the words of his critics is anything to go by, they believe he hasn’t done anything to the problem.
OF 8,000 villages in the country, residents from over 1500 villages won’t be able to participate in the election due to insurgency.
As solution, parliament passed a law allowing the results to be validated even if polling does not take place throughout the country.
Burkina Faso is one of the world’s poorest countries and its armed forces are under-equipped.
Last year, 4,000 died in jihadist attacks or ethnic violence fomented by the insurgency in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, according to the UN.