8 killed in Burkina Faso vehicle ambush

In this photo taken Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, a miner stands on a mound of dirt to make a phone call, at a gold mine in Bouda, Burkina Faso. A growing number of small-scale gold miners are out of work in Burkina Faso as jihadists try to seize control of the country's most lucrative industry.

At least eight people were killed and nine others injured when the civilian transport vehicle they were travelling in was ambushed by unidentified gunmen on Thursday in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso, an official statement said.

The ambush occurred on Thursday morning about 4 km to Tokabangou, in Markoye Commune, when the vehicle was heading toward a market, the statement said, adding that an operation is underway to hold the perpetrators accountable.

Since 2015, Burkina Faso has faced a worsening security situation with terrorist attacks having claimed over 1,000 lives and displaced thousands of others.

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