At least 12 people, comprising one security officer and 11 suspected militants, were killed during clashes between security forces and unknown assailants in Yatenga, northern Burkina Faso, Jan. 9. The incident occurred following an ambush in the Koumbri area, according to an official statement released Jan. 12. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Further attacks and ambushes are likely in the northern areas of Burkina Faso. Militants typically attack security facilities and patrols in remote locations near the borders. Attacks on civilian and security targets have spread to previously unaffected areas despite increased security operations by government forces in recent years. Militant groups have repeatedly targeted schools, religious sites, government offices, and security checkpoints.
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