It was reported on Monday that three miners - a Burkinabe national‚ an Indian and a South African - were seized by armed men between Djibo and the Inata gold mine‚ about 30 kilometres from Tongomael‚ about 230km north of the capital Ouagadougou.
The abductors‚ according to AFP‚ were "probably members of jihadist groups” which are active in the region.
Three police officers were killed in the region in the wake of the kidnappings‚ AFP reported on Monday. Citing a security official‚ the news agency said that the three were “part of a team that had been deployed in a search-and-sweep operation" following the kidnapping.
Their bodies were found at daybreak after a two-hour clash with an armed group late Sunday.
According to the AFP‚ northern Burkina Faso started experiencing cross-border jihadist attacks in 2015. On September 8‚ President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said additional security measures would shortly be unveiled "to eradicate the curse of terrorism”.