Four French soldiers were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in northern Burkina Faso, the army said on Tuesday evening.
The four soldiers; one of whom was seriously wounded have been evacuated towards Gao in Mali, French media reports said.
“(Their) off-road vehicle activated an IED as it left Ouahigouya airport,” the army said in a statement, adding the unit was part of the Barkhane operation, Paris’ deployment in the Sahel against a jihadist insurgency.
Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been struggling with jihadist attacks when militants linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group began mounting cross-border raids from Mali.
Since the start of its military intervention in Mali in 2013, the French army has killed several high-ranking members of ISGS.
But in June last year, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a major scale back in the Barkhane mission to refocus on counter-terrorism operations and supporting local forces.
Over 2,000 people have died from the attacks.