Four French soldiers were wounded in the detonation of an improvised explosive device in northern Burkina Faso, the French military told AFP on Tuesday evening.
“(Your) SUV activated an IED as it pulled into the airport Ouahigouya left,” the army said in a statement, adding that the unit was part of Operation Barkhane, Paris’ deployment in the Sahel against a jihadist insurgency. Four soldiers were wounded, including one seriously, the army said the group was evacuated to either Mali or France to find those in more serious condition.
Burkina Faso has been grappling with jihadist attacks since 2015, as militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group began to criss-cross. Border attacks from Mali.
More than 2,000 people have died, according to an AFP toll.
The “border triangle” trouble spot is frequently attacked by the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara and the al-Qaeda close group in support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM) carried out deadly attacks on civilians and soldiers.
The French army has killed several senior ISGS members since the beginning of its military intervention in Mali in 2013.
But in June last year, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a major reduction in the Barkhane mission to refocus on counter-terrorism operations and supporting local forces.