Al Qaeda branch claims attack on Burkina Faso convoy that killed over a dozen

Islamist militants attacked a convoy taking supplies to a town in northern Burkina Faso, with eleven soldiers found dead and about 50 civilians were reported missing.

FILE PHOTO: Soldiers from Burkina Faso patrol on the road of Gorgadji in the Sahel area of Burkina Faso, March 3, 2019. (photo credit: LUC GNAGO/REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Soldiers from Burkina Faso patrol on the road of Gorgadji in the Sahel area of Burkina Faso, March 3, 2019.
(photo credit: LUC GNAGO/REUTERS)

The Sahel-based branch of Al Qaeda, Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), has claimed an attack on a convoy in Burkina Faso that killed over a dozen soldiers last month, the SITE Intelligence Group said on Tuesday.

What happened?

Islamist militants attacked a convoy taking supplies to a town in northern Burkina Faso on Sept. 26, days before the West African country was hit by its second military takeover this year.

JNIM claimed credit for the ambush and said it "caused significant economic losses to the enemy and 'led to a shakeup' in the Burkinabe army ranks, culminating in the military coup," the SITE statement said.

Eleven soldiers were found dead and about 50 civilians were reported missing after the attack, the previous government said.

Flag of al-Qaeda (credit: Wikimedia Commons)Flag of al-Qaeda (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

But an internal security document seen by Reuters on Tuesday gave a death toll of 27 soldiers.