June 28, 2022

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Violence in West Africa: 79 killed in attack in Burkina Faso

As of: 06/14/2022 4:02 pm

In Burkina Faso, members of a militant group suspected of being jihadists attacked a village again, killing at least 79 people. According to the government, the attack was a retaliatory measure.

The government says at least 79 people have been killed in an attack on a village in northern Burkina Faso. Authorities initially announced the deaths of 50 people. The government has announced that 29 more bodies have been found following the massacre in Chetanga in the north of the country. The 50 residents killed have already been rescued.

According to the European Union, the attack “affected more than a hundred civilians.” No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the audience considers them jihadists. The government considers a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso.

The government retaliates

The attackers entered the Chettenka community in Xeno province on Sunday night. According to eyewitnesses, 100 residents were killed. According to the government, this is a retaliatory measure after government soldiers killed 40 formerly suspected jihadists. It killed 11 security personnel in retaliation for the attack on Chettanga on Thursday.

EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borel has condemned the “actions of the terrorist group”. “It is so horrible to plan and kill every person you meet in the village,” he said.

Thousands of deaths in recent years

It said emergency services should continue the search for the dead. However, their work has been hampered by loopholes left in the area by the attackers. According to the government, many fled to a community 47 kilometers away after the attack.

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Like neighboring Mali and Niger, Burkina Faso has had regular jihadist attacks for years. Several thousand soldiers and civilians have already been killed in the conflict and two million people have been displaced from their homes. Power was seized by the military in January The security situation could not be calmed down; In the past three months, nearly 300 soldiers and civilians have been killed in attacks.