A soldier killed in an assault in northern Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – A soldier was killed Monday evening when gunmen attacked the northern Ivory Coast city of Tougbo close to the border with Burkina Faso, the military mentioned on Tuesday.

The Ivory Coast troops have been already deployed within the metropolis and rapidly drove the attackers again. No civilians have been killed, the chief of the armed forces, Lassina Doumbia, mentioned in an announcement.

There was no quick declare of duty for the assault, however earlier assaults within the space have been attributed to jihadists. Armed teams linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State are energetic in Côte d’Ivoire’s northern neighbors, Mali and Burkina Faso, and have made incursions into the south.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara mentioned final month that the nation would spend 1% of its GDP this yr on tools to forestall “terrorists” from coming into the Ivory Coast, which is between its bases within the Sahel and the coast of West Africa.