A roadside bomb blew up a bus on Saturday, January 04, killing fourteen people, many of them children, in northwestern Burkina Faso, sources tells AFP.
“The vehicle hit a homemade bomb on the Toeni-Tougan road,” a second security source said. “Most of the dead are schoolchildren.”
Four people were also seriously hurt in the blast in Sourou province near the Mali border, the source added, as children returned to school after holidays.
Meanwhile, the army reported an attack against gendarmes at Inata in the north on Friday, saying “a dozen terrorists were neutralised”.
Since 2015, increasingly deadly Islamist attacks in Burkina Faso have killed more than 750 people according to an AFP count, and forced 560,000 people from their homes according to UN figures.
The entire Sahel region, especially Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, is fighting jihadist insurgency with help from Western countries, but has not managed to stem the bloodshed. (Source: France 24)