A hundred dead in the attack on a village in Burkina Faso

A hundred dead in the attack on a village in Burkina Faso
A hundred dead in the attack on a village in Burkina Faso

On the night of Friday to Saturday, armed individuals carried out a deadly incursion in Solhan, in Yagha province. The balance sheet, still provisional, is a hundred people killed, men and women, told AFP a security source.

The attack and the death toll were confirmed by the government.

According to a local source, the attack, which was reported around 2 a.m. local time, first targeted the Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland post (VDP), civilian auxiliaries of the army, and the attackers then visited the concessions [maisons] and carried out executions.

In addition to the heavy human toll, the worst we have seen to date, homes and the market [de Solhan] were set on fire, another security source said, fearing that the toll, still provisional, of a hundred deaths does not increase.

A security service official said that men were deployed to carry out [opérations] search and secure the populations who will carry out the kidnapping and burial of the victims.

A 72-hour national mourning has been decreed by the authorities, from Saturday at midnight to Monday at 11:59 p.m., according to the government.

Sohlan, a small town located about fifteen kilometers from Sebba, the capital of Yagha province located not far from the Malian border, has recorded numerous attacks in recent years.

On May 14, the Minister of Defense Chériff Sy and members of the military hierarchy went to Sebba, assuring that the situation had returned to normal, after numerous military operations.

Previous attacks

This massive attack by suspected jihadists closely followed another offensive on Friday evening against a village in the same region, Tadaryat, in which at least 14 people, including a civilian auxiliary, were killed.

The attacks come a week after two other attacks in the same area, in which four people, including two members of the VDP, were killed.

On May 17 and 18, 15 villagers and a soldier were killed in two assaults on a village and a patrol in the northeast of the country, according to the governor of the Burkinabè Sahel region.

Since May 5, faced with the resurgence of jihadist attacks, the armed forces have launched a large-scale operation in the North and Sahel regions.

Despite the announcement of numerous operations of this type, the security forces are struggling to stem the spiral of jihadist violence which has left more than 1,400 dead and more than 1 million displaced since 2015, fleeing areas of violence.

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