50 killed in Burkina Faso rebel attack: Government...

50 killed in Burkina Faso rebel attack: Government

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:07 PM, 14 June 2022   Updated: 01:08 PM, 14 June 2022



At least 50 people have died in an attack by armed men on a village in northern Burkina Faso, a government spokesman said.

The attackers struck overnight between Saturday and Sunday in Seytenga commune, part of Seno province, which lies in borderlands where fighters linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS) are embroiled in an armed uprising, reports Al Jazeera.

“The army has so far found 50 bodies” after the village of Seytenga was attacked overnight Saturday, spokesman Lionel Bilgo said on Monday, adding that the death toll “may rise”.

There were differing accounts of the death toll. A security official told Reuters news agency on Monday at least 100 people had died, while a local source who did not wish to be named told the agency some 165 people had been killed.

The United Nations condemned the attack, which it said had “claimed many victims”, and called on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. The European Union also condemned the incident, calling for “light to be shed on the circumstances of this killing”.

The attack is one of the bloodiest since a military coup in January when colonels in the national army – angered at the failure of officials to defeat the armed groups – ousted the country’s elected president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

The country’s new strongman, Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, immediately vowed to make security his key priority.

After a relative lull in fighting following the coup, attacks have resumed, with hundreds of civilian and military casualties over the past three months. Attacks have been concentrated in the country’s north and east.

The landlocked Sahel state is in the grip of a seven-year-old armed uprising that has claimed more than 2,000 lives and forced some 1.9 million people to flee their homes in Burkina Faso since 2015.

Source: Al Jazeera