In Sohlan, not far from the Malian border, the attackers executed and burned houses from Friday to Saturday.
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The events took place in Solhan, north of the country. About 100 civilians were killed in Burkina Faso in Yaga province from Friday, June 4 to Saturday, June 5, the government reported to AFP, confirming security and local sources. This is the worst attack on the country since the start of jihadi violence in 2015.
Sohlan’s commune, far from the Malian border, has recorded numerous attacks in recent years. According to a local source quoted by AFP, “The attack, which was announced at 2 a.m., originally targeted the post of volunteers for the protection of the father.”, VDP, Army Deputy General, and “The attackers then visited the concessions (houses) and carried out the execution.”.
“Apart from the large number of people, the worst we have seen so far is the burning of houses and markets.”, Said another security source “The death toll of a hundred is still rising temporarily.”. A total of 72 hours of national mourning has been declared by authorities from Thursday 5 June to midnight on Monday, June 7 at 11:59 p.m.
Since May 5, in the face of a resurgence of jihadi attacks, the armed forces have launched large-scale operations in the northern and Sahel regions. Despite announcing numerous measures of this kind, the security forces have been struggling to stop the cycle of jihadi violence, which has killed more than 1,400 people since 2015 and displaced more than a million.