a hundred dead in an attack, the deadliest since 2015

The attack would have “first targeted the post” of army auxiliaries, then the homes of residents, who were executed.

A hundred civilians were killed in northern Burkina Faso, in Solhan, the deadliest attack recorded in this country since the start of jihadist violence in 2015, AFP learned on Saturday (June 5) from security and local sources. “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“, A security source told AFP.

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The attack and the death toll were confirmed by the government. According to a local source, “the attack, which was reported around 2:00 am (local and GMT), first targeted the post of the Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland“, The VDP, civilian auxiliaries of the army, and”the attackers then visited the concessions (houses) and carried out executions».

«In addition to the heavy human toll, the worst we have seen to date, homes and the (Solhan) market were set on fire.“, Said another security source, 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 search operations and secure the populations who will carry out the kidnapping and burial of the victims».

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A 72-hour national mourning has been decreed by the authorities, from June 5 at 00:00 to Monday June 7 at 11:59 p.m., according to the government.

Many attacks

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

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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, fifteen 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 Burkinabe 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 a million displaced since 2015, fleeing areas of violence.

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