OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s army chief Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba has taken over the defence portfolio in the West African nation scuffling with an ongoing Islamist insurgency, a press release learn on nationwide tv on Monday night stated.
The assertion didn’t give causes for the cupboard reshuffle.
Damiba seized energy in January citing the earlier authorities’s incapacity to deal with the nation’s issues, together with the insurgency that has killed 1000’s and displaced greater than 2 million together with in neighbouring in Mali and Niger.
Attacks by militants linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda have continued unabated because the coup. At least 35 civilians had been killed and 37 injured final week when a car in a convoy hit an improvised explosive gadget.
Earlier on Monday, the military stated two troopers had been killed and round a dozen had been injured in assault on a army unit in the north of the nation close to the Malian border. It added that round a dozen armed assailants had been killed in the assault.
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