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Two police officers killed in an attack in northern Benin

On Sunday, two police officers were killed and one injured in an attack on a police station in northwestern Benin. Areas affected by the spillover of radical activity in neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

A suspicious jihadist was pushed back after getting off at the Dassarri police station at around 2 am and killing two police officers, one police officer who does not want to be named. Stated.

"Our army was able to resist. Unfortunately, there were two dead in our rank," a police officer told Reuters.

He added that two "terrorists" were also killed and several others were injured.

A second unnamed police source confirmed the assault and death toll.

Dassari is located near the border with Burkina Faso, about 600 km (373 miles) northwest of Cotonou, Benin's largest city.

Approximately 250 km from the police station in the Kalimana commune near the Niger border, attacked by armed assailants on April 26, killing at least one and injuring several.

Benin's army has not officially contacted about Sunday's attack.

The spokesman, Didier Afanboed, introduced Reuters to the police.

"This early morning attack has once again spread panic among locals," said a local Dasari official who did not want to be named for safety reasons.

"The situation is now in control thanks to the reinforcements from the army," he added.

Al Qaeda and Islamic State-related groups extending from the Sahel region of West Africa to northern Benin have escalated attacks in recent weeks.

In April, five soldiers were killed when a military convoy attacked an improvised explosive device installed in northern Pendjari National Park.