Attack by presumed jihadists leaves 80 dead in Burkina Faso

Eighty people including 65 civilians, of which six were volunteers for the defence of the fatherland, and 15 soldiers were killed on Wednesday (18 August) during an attack by suspected jihadists against a military convoy escorting civilians in northern Burkina Faso, according to the last official report published on Thursday (19 August). A previous official report indicated, Thursday, 49 dead and 30 injured.

"A mixed convoy made up of civilians, elements of the defence and security forces (FDS) and volunteers for the defence of the fatherland (VDP) was the target of a terrorist attack 25km from the northern town of Gorgadji", announced the ministry of communication.

Additionally, security sources told the ministry that during the attack, the FDS "neutralised 58 terrorists and 19 were wounded on the loyalist side".

In the evening of the attack, president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré declared through an official decree a three-day national mourning from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 August, "in memory of the victims of the attack perpetrated by unidentified armed individuals".

"During this period, the flags are put at half mast on all public buildings and in representations of Burkina Faso abroad (...) popular celebrations, recreational events are prohibited", according to the text.

The commune of Gorgadji, where the murderous attack took place, is located in the Soum province in northern Burkina Faso. This zone is known as the “three borders” between Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali, where levels of jihadist violence are extremely high. Only two days before the attack in Gorgadji, dozens of civilians were killed by suspected terrorists in western Niger, which is also part of the "three borders" zone.

source: commonspace.eu with agencies.
photo: Burkinabè soldier; Burkina Faso ministry of communication.

Related articles

Editor's choice
News
Borrell tells the European Parliament that the situation in Afghanistan was critical, but the EU will remain engaged

Borrell tells the European Parliament that the situation in Afghanistan was critical, but the EU will remain engaged

Borrell underlined that the European Union will make every effort to support the peace process and to remain a committed partner to the Afghan people. "Of course, we will have to take into account the evolving situation, but disengagement is not an option.  We are clear on that: there is no alternative to a negotiated political settlement, through inclusive peace talks.
Editor's choice
News
President Joe Biden hails Kenya’s efforts in Haiti

President Joe Biden hails Kenya’s efforts in Haiti

US President Joe Biden commended Kenya’s President, William Ruto on Thursday (23 May), congratulating him for his intervention in Haiti. President Ruto's visit to the White House marks the first state visit by an African leader to the United States in over 15 years.

Popular

Editor's choice
News
President Joe Biden hails Kenya’s efforts in Haiti

President Joe Biden hails Kenya’s efforts in Haiti

US President Joe Biden commended Kenya’s President, William Ruto on Thursday (23 May), congratulating him for his intervention in Haiti. President Ruto's visit to the White House marks the first state visit by an African leader to the United States in over 15 years.