The Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for the ambush of a military convoy in Burkina Faso November 11 that killed 14 soldiers.
A rival group affiliated with al-Qaeda called the Jihadist Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) had previously claimed responsibility for the attack.
The government of Burkina Faso said 14 were killed and eight wounded, three of them seriously, when a military detachment was attacked in the Sahel province of Qudalan, close to the borders with Mali and Niger, last Wednesday. Many of Burkina Faso’s jihadis are invaders from Mali.
Government security sources said the army was able to “neutralize at least nine suspected terrorists” after the ambush.
Burkina Faso is scheduled to hold elections on November 22. Several candidates have suspended campaign activities due to a wave of terrorist violence, and counterattacks from vigilante militia, while many rural Burkinabe citizens may be nervous about voting.