Six killed in attacks on Ivory Coast’s military positions

Six people were killed, including two soldiers and a policeman when two security positions came under attack on Ivory Coast’s border with Burkina Faso, army officials said on Monday.

The first attack, in Kafolo, was carried out by “about 60 heavily armed terrorists coming from Burkina Faso,” it said in a statement, adding that four members of the security forces had been injured and four assailants were detained, while “logistical material” was seized.

The first attack occurred at approximately at 1:00am at Kafolo, a northern town bordering Burkina Faso. “The assailants were pushed back and a military operation is under way,” AFP reported quoting army spokesperson.

Weapons and other military equipment were seized, and Ivory Coast’s troops were carrying out a search operation in the area, Reuters news agency reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack.

Armed groups linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS) present in Ivory Coast’s northern neighbours Mali and Burkina Faso have made incursions in southern coastal states, raising fears of instability.

In 2016, 19 people were killed in an armed attack in Grand-Bassam, a vacation resort near Ivory Coast’s economic capital Abidjan.