Dozens of Troops, Civilians Killed in Burkina Faso Insurgents Attack

Dozens of Troops, Civilians Killed in Burkina Faso Insurgents Attack (News Central TV)

A regional governor and the army both released statements confirming that at least 28 persons, including troops and civilians, have been killed in two attacks by insurgents in Burkina Faso.

The army reported on Monday that an attack on a combat unit in Falagountou, in the country’s north, close to its border with Niger, resulted in the deaths of 10 troops, two volunteer fighters, and a civilian. The bodies of 15 attackers, according to the army, were discovered following the attack.

The bodies of 15 men, all civilians, had been discovered after an attack on Sunday, according to a separate statement made on Monday by Jean Charles dit Yenapono Some, governor of the Cascades area of the country, which is in the south of the nation close to the border with Ivory Coast.

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The governor reported that two transport vans carrying eight women and sixteen men had been halted by armed men. He reported the release of the women and one man.

“This January 30, the corpses of the victims, showing signs of bullet impact, were found near Linguekoro village,” the governor said in the statement.

The most recent killings occur as Burkina Faso and its neighbors in Mali and Niger fight against armed factions affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIL), who have taken over the country’s arid and primarily rural north and executed hundreds of locals while uprooting almost 2 million people. The fighters’ blockades of cities and villages have made the food crisis worse.

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In two strikes on Thursday in the town of Dassa in west-central Burkina Faso, around 140 kilometres (90 miles) west of the nation’s capital Ouagadougou, at least 10 civilians were killed.

Meanwhile, France has withdrawn its troops from Burkina Faso. This will further reduce France’s involvement in a region that is experiencing an increase in armed group violence.

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