Death toll from northern Burkina Faso attack rises to 32

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At least 32 people, including 28 military police officers and four civilians, were killed in Sunday’s attack on a police post in northern Burkina Faso, the government said on Monday, increasing its earlier death toll of 20.

President Roch Kabore decreed three days of national mourning for the victims of the attack, which took place near a gold mine in Inata. The government said it was carried out by unidentified armed men.

Burkinabe security forces and civilians are regularly targeted by militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, particularly near the country’s borders with Mali and Niger.