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Burkina forces kill 3 suspected terrorists in early morning raid

Burkina Faso

<p><strong>Burkina Faso security forces killed three suspected terrorists and arrested one more on Tuesday morning in an operation on the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou, state television reported.</strong></p> <p>One gendarme was killed in the fighting in the Rayongo neighbourhood, while five people, including one civilian, were injured, the report said.</p> <p>“The Special Intervention Unit of the National Gendarmerie (<span class="caps">USIGN</span>) conducted an operation during the night of May 21 to 22 to dislodge suspected terrorists in the Ragnongo district,” according to a statement released by the security forces.</p> <p>Long spared by armed groups active in the Sahel, Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world, has been facing increasingly frequent and deadly attacks since 2015. </p> <p>In March, the army headquarters and French embassy in Ouagadougou were attacked, leaving eight dead and 85 injured.</p> <p>Northern Burkina Faso, bordering Mali, regularly experiences abductions and attacks perpetrated by jihadist groups against state representatives.</p> <p>The Ansarul Islam jihadist group has claimed responsibility for several attacks against the Burkinabe army, including one that killed 12 soldiers in December 2016 in Nassoumbou.</p> <p>A force called G5 Sahel, associating Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad, was formed to fight against active jihadist groups that remain very active in the Sahel.</p>

The Special Intervention Unit of the National Gendarmerie (USIGN) conducted an operation during the night of May 21 to 22 to dislodge suspected terrorists in the Ragnongo district.

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