In Burkina Faso, 'poor man's bomb' reaps a bloody toll

Soldiers from the Burkina Faso Army patrols a rural area during a joint operation with the French Army in the Soum region along the border with Mali on November 9, 2019. FILE PHOTO | MICHELE CATTANI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Thousands of civilians and soldiers have died in violence across the Sahel which began when armed Islamists revolted in northern Mali in 2012.
  • Several components of an IED can be taken from locally used mopeds without attracting the attention of the security forces.

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