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Sat Jun 5, 2021, 04:19 PM

Suspected extremist attack on Burkina Faso village kills 100 people

Suspected extremists have killed around 100 civilians in an overnight attack on a village in northern Burkina Faso, the government said on Saturday, in one of the worst attacks in the country beset by jihadist violence.

The assailants struck during the night on Friday, killing residents of the village of Solhan in Yagha province, near the eastern border with Niger. They also burned homes and a market, the government said, describing the attackers as terrorists.
In a separate attack, 13 civilians and one soldier were killed by gunmen in the northern village of Tadaryat late on Friday, security sources told AFP. The gunmen raided the community’s motorbikes and cattle, local residents said.

No group has claimed responsibility. Attacks by jihadists linked to al-Qaida and Islamic State in west Africa’s Sahel region have continued to surge this year in Burkina Faso, as well as in Mali and Niger.


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