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Burkina Faso on three days national mourning after attackers set houses ablaze killing dozens

OUAGADOUGOU-(MaraviPost)-Assailants invaded a village in northern Burkina Faso killing around 100 civilians in an overnight attack on Friday.

The government disclosed the news of the tragedy in a statement on Saturday, June 5.

In the statement, the government said the terrorists group invaded a village of Solhan in Yagha province bordering Niger, a village that has been hit with numerous attacks in recent years, on Friday night setting homes and markets on fire, killing about 100 people.

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has since declared 72-hour period of national mourning following the attack, according to Barrons.

In another attack on Friday night, unidentified attackers killed 13 civilians and a member of the army auxiliary who had come to help them in the village of Tadaryat.

Jihadists attacks linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State group in West Africa’s Sahel region have risen sharply since the start of the year, particularly in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger,

About 1.14 million people have been displaced in in Burkina Faso following the increasing violent attacks while the poor arid country is also hosting some 20,000 refugees from neighbouring Mali who are seeking safety from jihadist attacks.

Angella Semu
Angella Semu
I hold a Bachelor of science degree in Agriculture Development Communication that I obtained from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I previously worked with The Nation Publications Limited since 2018 before joining The Maravi post particularly on Agriculture Desk as an intern before I became a correspondent. Currently I am reporting for The Maravi Post mainly in International News and locally in the Southern region of Malawi.
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