Six people were shot dead on Monday by police in eastern Burkina Faso during a “terrorist attack” on a security patrol, security sources said.
An officer was also wounded in the incident at about 0500 GMT near Bougui, about 10 kilometres (6 miles) from Fada N’Gourma, the main town in the Eastern Region administrative area, a source said.
“A patrol team of the territorial gendarmerie brigade of Fada N’Gourma was ambushed in the village of Bougui,” a security source revealed.
“The terrorists opened fire at the convoy, damaging the lead vehicle.”
The police responded, firing on the attackers, killing six of them but leaving one officer with a foot injury, another security source said.
“Several weapons, including Kalashnikovs and ammunition,” were seized from the attackers, the source added.