French army: 4 wounded soldiers in explosion in Burkina Faso

Four French soldiers were injured by an explosive device in northern Burkina Faso, the French army told AFP on Tuesday night.

The army declared in a statement: “An explosive device exploded as their vehicle passed after leaving Wahigoya airport,” adding that the unit was part of France’s Barkhane operation in the Sahel region against militants.

The army reported that 4 soldiers were wounded, one of them seriously, and the wounded group was evacuated in Mali and in France for those whose conditions were considered critical.

Burkina Faso has witnessed attacks since 2015, when militants linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS began launching cross-border attacks from Mali.

More than 2,000 people were killed in the attacks, according to a tally by the AFP.

L’area of the “triple border” is usually targeted by “ISIS in the Greater Sahara” and “Jama’a Nusrat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin”, as the two groups launch bloody attacks on civilians and military personnel.

The French army has killed some of the most prominent members of “ISIS in the Great Sahara” since it began its military intervention in Mali in 2013.

But French President Emmanuel Macron announced that Barkhane’s mission will be significantly downsized to refocus on counter-terrorism operations and support for local forces.

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