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A jihadi attack killed at least 49 people

The Burkina Faso government announced on Wednesday (August 18) that 49 civilians had been killed in an attack by suspected jihadists against a military convoy carrying civilians in northern Burkina Faso.

An earlier official statement on Thursday said 47 people had been killed – 14 genders, 30 civilians and 3 military paramilitaries – and 30 wounded. A security source announced another on Thursday evening “Genderme and a volunteer finally succumbed to their injuries”. A government source confirmed this new figure, indicating that it was one “Final assessment, because all other injured were cared for and stable”.

“A mixed march by civilians, security and security forces [FDS] And Volunteers for the defense of the motherland [VDP] It was the target of a terrorist attack about 25 kilometers from Gorkatji [dans le nord du pays]Burkina Faso Ministry of Communications announced.

Roche Marc Christian Capore, President of Burkina Faso, has declared Thursday the first three days of national mourning to pay tribute to the victims.

During this period, flags were hoisted at half-mast in all public buildings and abroad as representations of Burkina Faso. (R). Popular celebrations and entertainment are banned. ”, According to the text.

“Three Borders” section

Korkatji, the site of the assassination, is located in the province of Sano in northern Burkina Faso. This area, known as the “Three Borders”, is the worst affected by the violence in Mali and Niger. Dead, civilians and soldiers, thousands.

The attack took place “When the security forces and the VDP were engaged in the task of protecting civilians going to Arbinda”, According to the government. “During the response, the SDF and VDP killed 58 terrorists and many more were wounded and fled.”, According to the same source, refers to it “Relief and field operations continue”.

This is the third attack in a series of killings of more than a dozen people in two weeks among anti-jihadi militants in northern Burkina Faso.

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Aug. 4, 30 people, A suspected jihadist attack in northeastern Burkina Faso near the Niger border has killed 15 soldiers, 11 civilians and 4 army paramilitaries.

On August 9, 12 soldiers were killed and 8 wounded in an attack near the border with northwestern Burkina Faso, Mali.

On Wednesday, five civilian aides were killed in an attack in the north of the country.

Burkina Faso, a poor country in West Africa, has been the target of regular and deadly jihadi attacks since 2015, particularly in the northern and eastern regions, such as its neighbors Mali and Niger.

The attacks, along with jihadist groups affiliated with the Islamic State organization and al-Qaeda and mostly ambushes, have killed more than 1,500 people and forced more than 1.3 million people to flee their homes.

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World with AFP