Togo’s army said it was responsible for a blast that killed seven civilians and injured two more, after mistaking them for jihadists.

The explosion happened Saturday in the village of Margba, northern
Tone prefecture near the border with Burkina Faso, where militants
linked to the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda are active.

Togo’s troops are deployed in the area to try and contain a spillover of
the threat towards coastal West Africa.

The army said Sunday it had opened an investigation to determine the
circumstances of this explosion and identify the perpetrators.

Togo last month declared a state of emergency in its northern prefectures
over the threat of Islamist militant attacks.

Eight Togolese soldiers were killed in May in an attack in the region.

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