Gunmen killed astatine slightest 100 radical successful a bluish Burkina Faso village, the authorities said Saturday, successful what was the country's deadliest onslaught successful years.
The onslaught took spot Friday evening successful Solhan village, successful the Sahel's Yagha province, authorities spokesperson Ousseni Tamboura said successful a connection blaming jihadists. The section marketplace and respective homes were besides burned down successful the country toward the borderline of Niger, helium said.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore called the onslaught “barbaric.”
This is the deadliest onslaught recorded successful Burkina Faso since the West African state was overrun by jihadists linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State astir 5 years ago, said Heni Nsaibia, elder researcher astatine the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project.
“It is wide that militant groups person shifted up gears to aggravate the concern successful Burkina Faso, and moved their efforts to areas extracurricular the contiguous scope of the French-led counter-terrorism conjugation warring them successful the tri-state borderline region,” helium said.
Despite the beingness of much than 5,000 French troops successful the Sahel, jihadist unit is increasing. In 1 week successful April, much than 50 radical were killed successful Burkina Faso, including 2 Spanish journalists and an Irish conservationist. More than 1 cardinal radical successful the state person been internally displaced.
A section who did not privation to beryllium named, fearing for his safety, was visiting relatives successful a aesculapian session successful Sebba town, astir 12 kilometers from wherever the attacks occurred. He said helium saw galore wounded radical participate the clinic.
“I saw 12 radical successful 1 country and astir 10 successful another. There were galore relatives caring for the wounded. There were besides galore radical moving from Solhan to participate Sebba....People are precise acrophobic and worried,” helium told the Associated Press by phone.
The authorities has declared 72 hours of mourning.