Burkina Faso bus blast: Students among 14 dead

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image captionBurkina Faso has been battling militants for years

At least 14 people have died and four injured after an improvised explosive device (IED) blew up a bus in north-western Burkina Faso.

The vehicle was mainly carrying students back to their places of study after the New Year break.

Reports suggest the bus drove over the IED in Toeni, a department in the region of Sourou.

It is not clear who was behind the attack but jihadist threat has increased in Burkina Faso recently.

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On Christmas Eve, 35 civilians were killed in the north of the country in a suspected jihadist attack on a military base.

Western countries have attempted to help governments in the region combat insurgents, but the violence has continued.

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