Suspected jihadists kill 5 in Burkina Faso: Local official

AFP , Tuesday 25 Jul 2017

Suspected jihadists killed five people in a series of attacks overnight in northern Burkina Faso, local officials and security sources said Tuesday.

Gunmen carried out three separate attacks in Soum province, a local official in Djibo, the main town there, told AFP. The province sits on Burkina Faso's northern border with Mali.

A security source who asked not to be named confirmed details of the attacks to AFP.

"Those who carried out the attack, probably terrorists, were travelling by motorbike and it's possible that this series of attacks was the work of the same individuals," he added.

Paramilitary recruits and soldiers were searching the area Tuesday, local people said.

The northern part of Burkina Faso bordering Mali and Niger has seen regular attacks by jihadists since early 2015.

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