Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has admitted to problems that “must be corrected in the fight against terrorism” as the death toll from the weekend attack rises to 53.
On Sunday, there was a suspected jihadist attack on a security post near a gold mine in Inata, a territory in the northern Soum region.
A government spokesperson said the 53 killed include 49 military police officers and four civilians, updating a previous estimate of 32 victims.
On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters demanded Kabore’s resignation for failing to rein militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State who regularly target Burkinabe forces and civilians.
They also asked for the departure of French forces that patrol the West African country in search of the Islamists.
The president in a public address on Wednesday called on people to stand together with the security forces to defend the country.
“We must put our men in conditions that allow them to counter terrorism with all the courage and determination it takes,” Kabore said.
Two senior commanders have been sacked according to the government spokesperson.
A national mourning period has been declared in Burkina Faso from Tuesday until Thursday.