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Attackers kill 100 civilians in Burkina Faso village raid

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Assault befell throughout the evening, concentrating on residents of the village of Solhan in Yagha province bordering Niger.

Armed assailants have killed about 100 civilians in an in a single day assault on a village in northern Burkina Faso.

The attackers struck throughout the evening on Friday, killing residents of the village of Solhan in Yagha province bordering Niger, the federal government mentioned in an announcement on Saturday, including that the attackers additionally burned properties and a market.

It described the attackers as terrorists however no group claimed duty.

The federal government declared a 72-hour interval of nationwide mourning.

Assaults by fighters linked to al-Qaeda and the ISIL (ISIS) group in West Africa’s Sahel area have risen sharply for the reason that begin of the yr, significantly in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, with civilians bearing the brunt.

Burkina Faso’s ill-equipped military has struggled to comprise the unfold of violence.

Final yr, the federal government enlisted the assistance of volunteer militiamen to assist the military however they’ve incurred retaliation by the rebels who assault them and the communities they assist.

Armed teams have pushed spiritual and ethnic tensions between farming and herding communities in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger to spice up recruitment amongst marginalised communities.

The worsening violence within the wider Sahel area has led to one of many world’s most acute humanitarian crises, UN businesses mentioned final week.

The violence in Burkina Faso has displaced greater than 1.14 million individuals in simply over two years, whereas the poor arid nation can be internet hosting some 20,000 refugees from neighbouring Mali who’re in search of security from violence.

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