Burkina Faso: Deadly jihadist attack kills 10 civilians, security sources say


An attack blamed on jihadists in northern Burkina Faso resulted in the death of at least 10 villagers and significant damage caused to shops and businesses in the village, which had been torched, security sources said Sunday.

The area is in the grip of a six-year insurgency and Burkina Faso has been struggling with jihadist attacks since 2015, when militants linked to Al-Qaeda and the Daesh group began mounting cross-border raids from Mali.

“Unidentified armed individuals carried out an attack on the village of Namssiguian in Bam province” a security source told AFP.

More than 2,000 people have died, according to a toll compiled by AFP.

A local resident put the provisional death toll at nine and said that significant damage had been caused to shops and businesses in the village. “The terrorists stayed in the village for several hours, where they looted and destroyed,” he said, adding that the assailants had “sabotaged the telephone antennas beforehand, making all communication impossible.”

The security source warned that the toll could still rise as “families are still awaiting news about family members.”

The national emergency aid agency says that 1.5 million people, nearly two-thirds of them children, were internally displaced as of November 30.

The country’s security forces are poorly equipped to face a ruthless and highly mobile foe, adept at carrying out hit-and-run raids aboard motorbikes and pickup trucks.

On November 14, a force described as numbering several hundred men attacked a police base at Inata near the Malian border, killing 57 people, including 53 gendarmes.

On December 23, 41 people were killed when a convoy of traders was ambushed near Ouahigouya, also near the Malian frontier. (Source: Arab News)