‘Bomb in corpse kills two in Burkina Faso’

Two Burkinabe soldiers were killed on Thursday in the northern town of Djibo near the border with Mali after a bomb hidden in a corpse, dressed in military uniform, exploded, news agency AFP reports quoting a statement from the army.

“The body, which turned out to be a trap, exploded when it was handled, killing two soldiers and wounding six, three of them seriously,” the statement said.

A security source told AFP that the corpse exploded when soldiers tried to turn it over, killing an army doctor on the spot, and wounding others.

Burkina Faso is among countries in the vast Sahel region battling Islamist insurgency in the region.

It formed a regional force G5 Sahel along with Niger, Chad, Mauritania and Mali to take on the militants.

More than 300 people have been killed in Burkina Faso in four years of jihadist attacks, according to an AFP count.

Last month Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba resigned from office along with his entire cabinet.

His government had faced growing pressure over a rise in the number of kidnappings and jihadist attacks.

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