Burkina Faso forces kill 146 jihadists after civilian attack

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By Associated Press

Burkina Faso’s commander general says armed forces have killed 146 jihadists in three counterattack operations in the northwest near its border with Mali.

General Moise Minoungou spoke on National Television late on Monday saying armed men entered Kain village early on Monday and killed 14 men and women.

He said Burkina Faso’s army responded by fighting in Kain, about 80km from Ouahigouya in the north Yatenga province. With air support it also fought in Bahn in the north region and Bomboro in the Boucle du Mouhon region.

He said the combined operations killed 146 jihadists fleeing to Mali.

Islamic extremists have increased attacks in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region, also shifting to the forested east near the Niger border.

Burkina Faso is part of the G5 Sahel regional counterterror force.