The 'jihadist attack' kills almost 20 civilians in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU: It is suspected that he killed nearly 20 civilians in an overnight attack in the northern village of Bani, Seno province, security sources said on Sunday.

The attackers, heavily armed and on motorcycles, literally executed the local inhabitants, security told AFP. The attackers left almost 20 dead, the source added.

A local health official, speaking from the city of Dori in the north, said the head nurse in the nearby town of Lamdamol was among the victims.

There is panic in the town and its surroundings, the official added, saying that local people were fleeing the area to the north-central part of the country.

Another security source said the attack had been retaliation after the jihadists had told the local people to leave the area a few days earlier.

Security forces worked day and night to make the area safe, but it is difficult to be everywhere at once, the source said.

This last attack occurs a week after several similar attacks in the north of the country.

On January 25, an attack killed 39 civilians in the village of Silgadji, in the neighboring province of Soum, northwest of Seno.

Burkina Faso borders Mali to the northwest and Niger to the east, both countries struggling to contain a wave of lethal jihadist attacks.

Burkina's security forces, poorly equipped and poorly trained, have not been able to counteract the deadly incursions into their territory, despite the help of foreign soldiers, especially French troops.

According to UN figures, jihadist attacks in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso killed 4,000 people in 2019 and caused an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, forcing 600,000 to flee their homes.