The statement said there were light injuries and no deaths among security forces. Islamic extremists in recent months have increased attacks in Burkina Faso's volatile Sahel region. A Canadian man was recently kidnapped and killed, and another Canadian and Italian are missing.
Burkina Faso on Tuesday hosted the leaders of the five nations in a regional counterterror force, the G5 Sahel, launched in 2017. Other members are Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Japan announced $23 million in support, plus $2.7 million for Burkina Faso, as the force continues to be underfunded.
Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said the G5 Sahel will focus on developing methods to stem the growth of extremism. "It is not only about security and economy but also ideology," he said.
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