: Burkina Faso Holds Three-Day Mourning After Deadly Army Base Attack
Burkina Faso Holds Three-Day Mourning After Deadly Army Base Attack

Burkina Faso announced three days of national mourning from Friday to commemorate 24 soldiers killed this week in an attack on a northern military base, the deadliest such assault on the army as it battles jihadist insurgents.

President Marc Christian Kabore said the mourning period, which runs until midnight Sunday, is to be held in memory of the security forces who “fell following a terrorist attack” on Monday against the military base in Koutougou, in Soum province near the border with Mali.

A security source told AFP that the attack, which also wounded seven soldiers, appeared to be “well-prepared and coordinated”, with several dozen militants who arrived on motorbikes and pickup trucks and fired heavy weapons including rockets.

The period of mourning will include flags flown at half-mast on all public buildings, said the decree, which forbade public “celebrations and recreational events.

A former French colony that ranks among one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso has been struggling with an Islamist revolt since 2015, which began in the north but has since spread to the east.