There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in which two soldiers were reportedly killed.
At least two soldiers were reportedly killed and one injured when their military camp in northern Côte d’Ivoire was attacked Monday morning, four high-ranking military sources and a resident said.
The attack occurred around 1 a.m. in Kafolo, a northern town on the border with Burkina Faso, an official told AFP news agency, adding that other details were unclear.
“The attackers have been repulsed and a military operation is underway,” army headquarters told AFP, without further details.
Earlier, anonymous sources told Reuters that two attackers were also killed. Weapons and other military equipment have been seized, and Ivorian troops are conducting a search operation in the area, one of the main military sources said.
No official statement has been released regarding the attack on the Kafolo military outpost, which suffered a deadly attack last June. At least 13 Ivorian soldiers were killed in this attack.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack. An Ivorian army source said the attackers had been identified as originating from neighboring Burkina Faso, but this could not be confirmed.
Armed groups linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIL) present in neighboring countries to the north of Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso, have made incursions into southern coastal states, raising fears instability.
In 2016, 19 people were killed in an armed attack in Grand-Bassam, a seaside resort near Abidjan, the economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire.