Militant Attack in African Country Burkina Faso, 35 Civilians Killed: About 35 people were killed in a Militant Attack on Tuesday in a town in the northern part of the African country of Burkina Faso. Most of the dead include women. The country’s President Roch Mark Kabor said that about 80 militants have also been killed in encounters with security forces after the attack.
Militant attack kills 35 civilians in northern Burkina Faso, says president: AFP news agency
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There are frequent jihadi attacks in Burkina Faso, bordering Mali and Niger. Since the beginning of 2015, hundreds of people have lost their lives in such attacks.
The Army Chief of Staff said in a statement that a large group of terrorists simultaneously attacked ordinary civilians in the military base and Aurobindo. Burkina Faso President Rosh Mark Kabor tweeted, “35 civilians were killed in the barbaric attack, mostly women.” He also praised the valor and commitment of the defense and security forces.
Communications Minister and government spokesman Remis Dandjinou later said that 31 women were killed and about 20 soldiers were injured. The President has announced 48-hour national mourning.
The army reported that jihadists riding motorcycles attacked in the morning which lasted for several hours. Later, with the help of the Air Force, the armed forces drove out the terrorists. No group claimed responsibility for the immediate attack, but Al-Qaeda and Islamic State groups often carry out jihadi attacks here.
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