At Least 138 Killed In Deadliest Burkina Faso Attacks Since 2015
Sumaira FH 8 days ago Sun 06th June 2021 | 01:50 AM
Ouagadougou, June 5 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Jun, 2021 ) :Suspected jihadists have massacred at least 138 civilians in Burkina Faso's volatile north, in the deadliest attacks since Islamist violence erupted in the west African country in 2015, officials said Saturday.
"Several injured have succumbed to their wounds and new bodies have been discovered. The still provisional toll is 138 deaths," one local official said Saturday evening.
"We must remain united and solid against these obscurantist forces," Kabore said, condemning the massacre in the village of Solhan as "barbaric" and "despicable." Declaring three days of national mourning, ending Monday night at 11:59 pm, the government stated that "terrorists," a term for jihadists, killed civilians of all ages and set fire to homes and the main market.
A security source lamented "the heavy human toll, the worst recorded to date," while warning it could still increase.
The assailants struck around 2:00 am (0200 GMT) against a position of the Volunteers for the Defence of the Motherland (VDP), an anti-jihadist civilian defence force which backs the national army, before attacking homes and carrying out "executions," a local source said.
Opposition leader Eddie Komboigo demanded that "the massacre of our people, we never tire of repeating, must stop unconditionally.
Every measure must be taken to protect the Burkinabe" people.
The volunteers are given two weeks' military training before working alongside the security forces, typically carrying out surveillance, information-gathering or escort duties.
- 'Neutralise these terrorists' - The government said that "the defence and security forces are at work to neutralise these terrorists and restore calm to populated areas." A security forces official said that men were deployed to secure populated areas and to remove and bury bodies.
The massive attack by suspected jihadists came hours after another attack Friday evening on Tadaryat village in the same region in which 14 people were killed, including an armed volunteer who had come to help them.
Since 2015 Burkina Faso has struggled to fight back against increasingly frequent and deadly jihadist attacks from groups including the Group to Support islam and Muslims (GSIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS).