When insurgent groups attack a community, it is the responsibility of the state authorities to respond swiftly.

And that was what soldiers in Burkina Faso did after jihadists attacked civilians.

Soldiers in Burkina Faso killed 146 jihadists in response to a terrorist attack in which 14 civilians were killed.

Militants killed 14 people when they attacked the town of Kain near the West African nation’s border with Mali on Sunday, army spokesman Lamoussa Fofana said in a statement released on Tuesday.

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The army launched ground and air operations to search for the terrorists, with the operation still ongoing, according to the spokesman.

The north of Burkina Faso, which borders on Mali and Niger, serves as a refuge for Islamist extremists, who also regularly attack the civilian population.

Bukina Faso, a country of roughly 20 million people, belongs to the world’s 10 poorest nations, according to the United Nations.

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