(Adds death toll from military source)
OUAGADOUGOU Oct 12 Unidentified gunmen killed
three Burkinabe soldiers and two civilians on Wednesday, a
military source said, in the latest sign that instability in
Mali is spreading to its southern neighbour.
The defence ministry had earlier confirmed the deaths of the
Attacks by Islamist militants in Burkina Faso were rare
before a major strike by al Qaeda-linked fighters in the capital
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 military source said three soldiers were also wounded.
Earlier, the defence ministry had said two of the attackers were
dead in the attack at Ingangom, five kilometres from the Malian
border. The source said the military later realised the dead
were civilians. 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, Bernard Orr)