More than 100 people killed in Burkina Faso in terrorist attack

A bunch of terrorists with arms travelling on the jeep

Terrorists killed around 100 people in northern Burkina Faso, the government said on Saturday. The government declared 72 hours of national mourning.

The violent attack was conducted by assailants during the night on Friday, killing residents of the village of Solhan in Yagha province bordering Niger. They also carried attacks on markets and set several houses and markets on fire.

The government of Burkina Faso described the attack as a terrorist attack, but until now, no group has taken responsibility for the attack. 

In 2021 the country has seen a sharp rise in the attacks conducted by various Islamic militant groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in West Africa’s Sahel region. Burkina’s neighboring country Mali and Niger, have also faced the same problem.

More than 1.14 million people in Burkina have been displaced due to violence in the country. Furthermore, 20,000 refugees from neighboring Mali had visited Burkina for shelter.

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African countries had not seen a cut in the terrorist attacks despite the deployment of a peacekeeping army of the United Nations. A peacekeeping army includes army personals from different countries who contribute to promoting peace. 

Another 40 residents were wounded, government spokesperson Ousseni Tamboura later told reporters. Since January, more than 500 civilians were killed by armed Islamists in the Sahel. 

According to Human Rights Watch’s West Africa director, Corinne Dufka. “The dynamic is the jihadists come in, they overpower the civil defense post and engage in collective punishment against the rest of the village. It’s a pattern we’ve seen everywhere this year.”

United Nations spokesperson said, “The Secretary-General is outraged by the killing, early today, of over a hundred civilians, including seven children, in an attack by unidentified assailants on a village in the Province of Yaga, in the Sahel Region of Burkina Faso.”

Guterres “strongly condemns the heinous attack and underscores the urgent need for the international community to redouble support to the Member States in the fight against violent extremism and its unacceptable human toll,” Dujarric said.

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