• Burkina Faso Spanish journalists David Beriáin and Roberto Fraile die in an armed attack

An attack perpetrated by suspected jihadists against a military convoy

killed 80 people, 65 civilians and 15 soldiers,

in the north of

Burkina Faso,

the Burkinabe government announced in a new balance.

"According to an updated balance, 65 civilians died in this terrorist attack," Communication Minister and government spokesman

Useni Tambura

said in a statement

.

"A mixed convoy of civilians, elements of the

Defense and Security Forces (FDS) and Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland (VDP)

was the target of a terrorist attack 25 km from

Gorgadji

(north)," the ministry announced Communication.

President

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

ordered a three-day national mourning starting Thursday, according to an official decree.

The town of Gorgadji is located in the Burkinabe province of

Séno,

in the area known as the three borders.

This region

shared with Mali and Niger

is one of the most affected by violence.

The attack took place "when the security forces and the VDP were on mission to ensure the safety of civilians on the way to

Arbinda,"

according to the government.

Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country, has faced attacks from jihadist groups associated with the

Islamic State

and

Al Qaeda

groups since 2015

.

The attacks, combined with internal violence, have killed more than 1,500 people in recent years and caused 1.3 million people to flee their homes, according to official data.

It was precisely in this country that journalists

Roberto Fraile

and

David Beriáin

were assassinated last April

.

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