August 24, 2015 / 10:57 PM / 4 years ago

Burkina Faso says unidentified gunmen attack police post

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen attacked a police post in northern Burkina Faso, a police statement said on Monday, underscoring the dangers of growing violence in Mali for neighbouring countries.

The statement said that two police officers were injured in the attack, one of them seriously. The incident took place late on Sunday in the province of Oudalan close to the Malian border.

Islamist militants, which seized Mali’s desert north in 2012, were scattered but not defeated by a French military operation a year later.

The militants continue to launch attacks in Mali’s north and are thought to be linked to attacks further south in recent months, including near the Mauritanian and Ivorian borders.

Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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