Assailant kills 100 civilians in Burkina Faso village raid | Burkina Faso News
The attack took place at night and targeted residents of Solhan village in Jakarta, which borders Niger.
Armed assailants killed about 100 civilians when they attacked a village in northern Burkina Faso at night.
The government said in a statement on Saturday that the attackers attacked on Friday night and killed residents of Solhan village in Jakarta, which borders Niger, and added that the attackers also burned down houses and a market.
It described the attackers as terrorists, but no organization claimed responsibility.
The government declared 72 hours of national mourning.
Since the beginning of this year, in the Sahel region of West Africa, attacks by fighters associated with Al-Qaida and Islamic State (ISIS) have increased dramatically, especially in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, where civilians have been the first to bear the brunt.
Burkina Faso’s poorly equipped army Struggled To curb the spread of violence.
Last year, the government recruited volunteer militias to help the army, but was retaliated by insurgents who attacked them and the communities they helped.
Armed groups in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger promote religious and ethnic tensions between agro-pastoral communities to promote recruitment in marginalized communities.
The United Nations agency said last week that the worsening violence in the wider Sahel has caused one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
In just over two years, the violence in Burkina Faso has displaced more than 1.14 million people, and this poor and arid country has also hosted approximately 20,000 refugees from neighboring Mali who are seeking to escape the violence Security.