OUAGADOUGOU Oct 12 Unidentified gunmen killed
three Burkinabe soldiers on Wednesday, the defence ministry
said, in the latest sign that instability in Mali is spreading
to its southern neighbour.
Attacks by Islamist militants in Burkina Faso were rare
before a major strike by al Qaeda-linked fighters in the capital
that killed 29 people in January. The latest attack prompted
President Roch Marc Kabore to delay a trip to Belgium and call
an emergency ministerial meeting, government sources said.
"The death toll is three dead and one injured among
Burkinabe forces and two attackers dead," the ministry said in a
statement on the attack at Ingangom, five kilometres from the
Malian border. The same base was attacked in June, resulting in
the death of three police officers.
A newly-formed militant group called Islamic State division
in the Greater Sahara, led by a fighter formerly loyal to
Algeria's Mokhtar Belmokhtar, also claimed to have attacked a
Burkinabe military position in the far north last month.
(Reporting by Mathieu Bonkoungou; Writing by Emma Farge;
editing by Ralph Boulton)