The Bourzanga-Djibo axis in the centre-north of Burkina Faso was the scene of a double explosive device attack on Tuesday 9 August 2022. At least fifteen people were killed. In a statement, Burkina’s Chief of Staff attributed the double attack to jihadists.
The incident occurred on Tuesday 9 August 2022, when a unit of the 14th inter-army regiment was escorting armed forces fighters and one of the vehicles jumped on an explosive device on the Bourzanga-Djibo axis. According to sources, “It was a convoy of military personnel who had just been assigned to the 14th inter-army regiment of Djibo”.
According to Chief of Staff Gilbert Ouédraogo, the attack took place in the locality of Namsiguia and help is being sent to assist the soldiers.
As the rest of the convoys were being secured after the first explosion, another explosion occurred. This one, activated remotely, caused several other victims. In addition to the loss of life, enormous material damage was also recorded. In view of the seriousness of the damage, the Chief of Staff immediately evacuated and secured the Bourzanga area.
This is not the first time that terrorists have struck in the Bourzanga area. On Saturday 21 May, heavily armed men attacked the military detachment of Bourzanga in Bam. The sharp and prompt response of the military forces compelled the jihadists to retreat, abandoning their heavy artillery.
Ammunition, around 30 motorbikes, means of communication, an armoured vehicle and armed pick-ups are seized. Some 30 terrorists were killed and others seriously wounded as they tried to mingle with the population. On the soldiers’ side, there were no deaths but some men were mortally wounded during the fighting.