FIVE soldiers were killed and 64 others were wounded when Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Mulimin (JNIM) militants detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) at military headquarters before militants on foot attacked the building in Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou on 2 March, Al-Jazeera and Reuters reported. The SVBIED attack reportedly targeted a building hosting a meeting of the G5 Sahel force. Three other militants were killed in retaliatory fire. Simultaneously, militants with small-arms attacked the French embassy and killed two gendarmerie personnel. Reports added that two suspected militants were arrested by security forces following the attacks in undisclosed locations. JNIM claimed responsibility for the attacks, claiming that they were in response to the killing of six JNIM commanders by French security forces on 15 February in Mali and Algeria.