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Eleven Soldiers Dead In Attack On Army Base

Soldiers stand at attention during the deployment ceremony for the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 2d Engineer Brigade, U.S. Army Alaska, at the Alaska National Guard Armory, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The Soldiers are deploying for about five months to the island of Guam to provide site security for a facility there. As part of the deployment ceremony the company was awarded the prestigious Command Sgt. Maj. Farley Award for being the best military police company in U.S. Army Pacific. The award was presented by retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Mark L. Farley himself, who was the first enlisted military police Soldier to lead as the senior enlisted adviser at the 2, 3 and 4-star level commands, eventually retiring as the command sergeant major of U.S. Army Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher/Released)

Eleven soldiers have been killed and nearly two dozen injured in an attack on a military base in eastern Burkina Faso, authorities said.

Injured soldiers were taken to hospital and aerial support killed 15 attackers trying to flee after Thursday’s attack in Madjoari in Kompienga province, the army said in a statement on Friday.

For six years, the West African country has been ravaged by violence from armed groups linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS), causing thousands of deaths and displacement of nearly two million people.

It has become the latest epicentre of a shifting conflict in the Sahel.

In January, mutinous soldiers removed the democratically elected president promising to stem the violence, but since then attacks have increased.

Within a 72-hour period last week, nearly 60 people, including civilians and security forces, were killed in violence targeting villages in four regions across the country, according to an internal security report for aid workers seen by The Associated Press news agency.

“This attack in Madjoari is yet another indication of militants’ capability to target security forces’ bases and unfortunately showing the severity of [the] security situation in northern and eastern regions,” said Rida Lyammouri, a senior fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, a Moroccan-based organisation focused on economics and policy.

Source: AP

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