Blast kills eight soldiers in new blow to jihadist-hit Burkina

Eight soldiers were killed by a blast in northern Burkina Faso on Wednesday, in the latest blow to the poor Sahel country grappling with jihadism.

“I have just learned that eight Burkinabe soldiers died after their vehicle drove over a home-made mine planted by the enemies of our people,” President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said in a statement.

The convoy had been heading from Baraboule in Soum province to the town of Djibo.

 “The lead vehicle in the convoy hit the mine” as it was coming off a bridge, a security source told AFP.

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Source: France 24