Burkina Faso’s President Roch March Kabore has ordered new recruitment for the security sector following Wednesday’s attack on a convoy in the east of the country that left thirty-seven civilians dead.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the high death toll and targeting of a foreign
company’s employees suggest that well-armed jihadists carried out the assault.
The regional governor Colonel Saidou Sanou said that at least 60 other people were wounded in the ambush.
The ambush underscores the deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso, which observers say has increasingly become a refuge for jihadists from neighboring Mali and Niger.
Here’s President Kabore speaking.