IS claims Burkina attack which killed 14 soldiers


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The Islamic State on Saturday said it had staged a midweek ambush which killed 14 soldiers in jihadist-hit Burkina Faso ahead of elections this month.

The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara said it carried out the raid, one of the worst on troops, in a message carried on its Amaq news outlet and carried on social media.

The group said it killed 20 soldiers travelling in a convoy on Wednesday in Tin-Akoff in Oudalan province.

Rival group the Jihadist Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) had Friday claimed responsibility in social media posts.

A government spokesman Thursday put the death toll at 14 while blaming “armed terrorist groups.”

The attack took place in the country’s north, near the border with Mali and Niger, and came ahead of presidential and legislative elections on November 22.

The latest bout of violence has seen several candidates, including incumbent President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, suspend campaigning for two days.

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Source: Vanguard Newspaper