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2 police officers killed in northern Benin attack

Two police officers were killed and one injured in an attack on a police station in northwestern Benin on Sunday, police sources said, in a series of deadly attacks in an area affected by a spillover of terrorist activity in neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger. latest.

A police officer said on condition of anonymity that the suspected jihadists landed at Dasari police station around 2 am and opened fire, killing two officers.

“Our forces were able to resist. Unfortunately, two people in our ranks were killed,” the police officer told Reuters.

He said two “terrorists” were also killed and several others were injured.

A second unnamed police source confirmed the attack and the death toll.

Dasari is a town about 600 km (373 mi) northwest of Cotonou, Benin’s largest city, near the border with Burkina Faso.

It is about 250 km from a police station in the commune of Karimana, near the border with Niger, which was raided by armed attackers on 26 April, killing at least one and injuring several. .

Benin’s military has not officially given information about Sunday’s attack.

Its spokesman, Didier Ahoanvoedo, handed Reuters over to police.

A local Dasari official, who did not wish to be named for security reasons, said: “The attack in the early hours of today once again created panic among the local population.”

“The situation is now under control with the help of the army,” he said.

Al Qaeda and Islamic State-linked groups, which spread from West Africa’s Sahel region to northern Benin, have escalated attacks in recent weeks.

In April, five soldiers were killed when an army convoy attacked an improvised explosive device planted in the northern Pendjari National Park.

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