January 24, 2022

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Thirty people were killed by suspected jihadists in the north of the country

The Burkina Faso Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday that 30 people had been killed in an attack by jihadist militants in northern Burkina Faso on Wednesday (August 4).

By noon on Wednesday, villages and hamlets were near the Niger border “Eleven civilians killed in attack by armed terrorist groups”, Refers to the press release of the Ministry. “Warning”, A section of soldiers and civilian aides were stopped and attacked: “Fifteen Players and Four” Aides were killed, again according to the ministry.

A regional leader of the Homeland Security Volunteers (VDP, Civil Assistants) confirmed the attacks in Sahal and the center-north. “Many bodies found” In villages and hamlets “Morocco municipality after the passage of armed persons”, This person in charge of VDP explained specifically. He said the attacks targeted VDPs, one of whom was killed.

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Created in December 2019, VDPs work with the military for surveillance, information and security after a fourteen-day military training. According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), they also act as trackers and often fight at the expense of heavy casualties, with more than 200 people dying in office from 2020 onwards.

More than 1,500 people have died since 2015

The attacks affected the villages of Patnuko and Basian, the hamlets of Tokabango and Katba in the Sahel region, not far from the Niger border, and the commune of Benza in the north-north. “Discounts [propriétés] Set on fire by attackers “, Told AFP to a resident.

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Burkina Faso has been facing regular and deadly jihadi attacks since 2015, especially near the northern and eastern regions of Mali and Niger. The attacks, linked to the Islamic State (IS) group and jihadist groups linked to Al Qaeda, have killed more than 1,500 people and forced more than 1.3 million people to flee their homes.

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At the end of July, a Burkina Faso soldier and “Dozens” The jihadists were killed during a military operation aimed at defending the Madjori area in eastern Burkina Faso, according to Burkina Faso personnel. At least ten people, including seven VDPs, were killed in mid-July in an attack in the north of the country.

World with AFP