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Several civilians killed in twin Burkina Faso attacks

Ahmed Ouoba, AFP | Burkina Faso police establish a barrier on August 14, 2017, in Ouagadougou, following a deadly attack by gunmen on a restaurant.

At least eight civilians have been killed in twin attacks in eastern Burkina Faso, a poor West African country where jihadists have been gaining ground in recent months, local authorities said Saturday.

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“Two terror attacks were carried out in the villages of Diabiga and Kompienbiga” overnight in eastern Kompienga province, claiming at least eight lives, the regional governor said in a statement.

An unnamed security source told AFP that one of the attacks had targeted the home of a religious leader who was killed along with four other people.

Meanwhile, “three people belonging to the same family were killed and another two injured by suspected jihadists on mopeds,” according to another security source.

>> Read more: In Burkina Faso, the terrorist threat is spreading to the east

Since 2015, Burkina Faso has battled increased Islamist violence of the sort that plagues neighbouring Mali and Niger, and experts say the recent surge is likely the result of pressure on jihadist insurgents there.

(AFP)

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