West Africa

Deputy Mayor, three others killed in Burkina Faso ambush

Four killed in Burkina Faso ambushOfficials in the land-locked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso, said on Sunday that four people had been killed in an ambush, including the deputy mayor of the northern town of Djibo.

It is the latest in a series of attacks in the north of Burkina Faso, where hundreds of people have been killed in a jihadist revolt.

The governor of the Sahel region said unidentified armed men ambushed the deputy mayor’s vehicle in the commune of Gaskindé.

The Burkinabe Parliament member was killed in a suicide bomb attack in the northern Djibo region on Sunday, security and government officials said.

The lawmaker, Oumarou Dicko, who had gone to officiate the launch of a Red Cross program to tackle youth employment, was traveling back to the capital Ouagadougou when his car hit a roadside bomb that killed the driver before gunmen opened fire and killed the lawmaker, a civil servant and Dicko’s cousin.

The assault comes as Burkina Faso grapples with an Islamist insurgency that has displaced more than half a million people, according to the U.N. Over 200,000 people have been displaced in the last four months, most of them from the West African nation’s northern regions.


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