Burkina Faso Border Post Attacked by Suspected Militants

A customs official was killed and two others injured in an attack on a border post in northern Burkina Faso, the latest in a spate of attacks along the Mali border that began about a year ago.

The incident occurred in the town of Markoye, about 360 kilometers (224 miles) from the capital, Ouagadougou, according to Guy-Herve Ye, spokesman of the paramilitary police.

Authorities hold Islamist militants responsible for at least four assaults on border posts in the area in the past year. The West African nation experienced its first large-scale militant attack in January, as gunmen targeted a hotel and a restaurant in the capital, following a similar attack in Mali, where Islamist militants briefly seized the north in 2012.

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