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Since the Solhan massacre, the death toll has risen to 160

The death toll from an attack by gunmen in the village of Solhan in Burkina Faso from Friday to Saturday has been revised upwards, with 160 people now reported dead on Sunday, June 6. France-Press.

In total, “160 bodies were buried yesterday [samedi] In three mass graves by locals (…), Including twenty children ”, Said an official selected from the region. Report confirmed by another local source. An earlier report from the same source said 138 people had died on Saturday evening. This is the worst attack on the country since the start of jihadi violence in 2015.

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“Three Boundaries” Zone

The small town of Solhan, about fifteen kilometers from Seba, the capital of Yaga province, was attacked by armed men from Friday to Saturday, around 2 a.m. local time. Unidentified, as terrorists described by the government.

The attack took place in an area known as the “Three Borders” between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, which has been the target of deadly attacks by suspected jihadists against civilians and soldiers linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

A national mourning was declared at seventy-two o’clock on Saturday morning. Victims “Civilians, regardless of age, killed by terrorists”, The government said in a statement “Many homes and markets [de Solhan] தீப்பிடித்தன ”.

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 one million displaced people.

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World with AFP