At least fifteen civilians were killed Friday night in northern Burkina Faso, in an attack attributed to regular jihadist groups operating in the area, the Burkina Faso government announced on Saturday.
Another deadly attack in northern Burkina Faso. At least 15 civilians were killed on Friday night in the province of Loroum in an attack attributed to “armed terrorist groups,” according to a press release leaked on May 30 by the government.
“On May 29, a convoy of traders coming from Titao for Sollé was attacked by armed terrorist groups between the locations of Dougouma and Ingané. The preliminary report listed 15 dead, wounded and missing persons and” significant substantial losses, “the authorities said in a statement signed by Minister of Communications Remis Fulgance Dandjinou.
The minister, also a spokesman for the government, emphasizes that “military reinforcements have been deployed and sweeps are ongoing”.
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The victims are “mainly traders returning from Titao (about 160 km north of the capital Ouagadougou, editor’s note) when their convoy was intercepted by armed individuals,” a Titao resident told AFP, adding that “the attack took place around 5pm” (local and GMT).
“The trucks were escorted by ‘koglweogo’ (members of a local self-defense group) who are among the victims,” he continued on condition of anonymity, adding that “at least four women” were “among the dead”. “Two trucks were set on fire,” he added.
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In January, nine dealers were murdered and a vehicle burned down during an attack on the same axis.
For fear of these recurring attacks in the north, carriers organize convoys accompanied by ‘koglweogo’ which they pay. The army sometimes also follows these convoys.
In April, the political opposition in Burkinabe condemned a “blockade on Djibo (the capital of Soum province, 200 km north of Ouagadougou), a martyr city suspended from the rest of the country” by “armed terrorist groups”.
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A convoy, under military escort, had then provided the city, which began to lack food, drugs, gas and fuel, according to residents.
North of Burkina Faso is the most affected area in the country by jihadist abuse, which has caused more than 900 deaths and 860,000 displaced people in the last five years.
Under-equipped and ill-educated, the police in Burkina Faso, a poor country in West Africa, cannot stop the spiral of jihadist violence, despite the help of foreign forces, especially from France, present in the Sahel with 5100 men as part of the anti-jihadist operation Barkhane.