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Crimes / 08/06/2021

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Authorities confirm 160 dead after worst jihadist attack in Burkina Faso

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Authorities confirm 160 dead after worst jihadist attack in Burkina Faso


Survivors buried the bodies in three mass graves after an attack on the village of Solhan, in the north of the African country.

The death toll in the worst jihadist attack on record in Burkina Faso rose to 160, local officials said. Insurgents set fire to homes and shot civilians when they invaded the northern village of Solhan on Saturday (5).

The survivors themselves buried the bodies in three mass graves on Sunday. Until then, authorities had counted 132 dead, including 20 children. The possibility is that the murder balance will be even greater by the end of the investigation.

No extremist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, labeled "barbaric" by President Roch Kabore. The suspicion is that an Islamic fundamentalist organization is behind the violence, given the advance of jihadists in West Africa.

The secretary general of the UN (United Nations), António Guterres, condemned the attack. “This heinous violence underscores the urgency for the international community to redouble support in the fight against violent extremism,” he said.

forced displacement

On Friday, 14 people were killed in the community of Tadaryat, about 150 kilometers Solhan. In May, another attack killed 30 civilians in eastern Burkina Faso. The security crisis deepening in the African country has already forced the displacement of more than one million people since 2019.

The African Sahel has faced an extremist insurgency since militants dominated large parts of northern Mali in 2012 and 2013. The fighting also involves troops Chad, Mauritania and Niger, with the support of French troops.

France's security troops say they have thwarted several attacks thanks to cooperation between regional intelligence services. Paris holds 900 soldiers at a military base in the former French colony. Another 5,100 agents are involved in Operation Barkhane – an anti-jihadist mission launched in the Sahel in 2014.


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