12 civil­ians killed in ji­hadist at­tack in Burk­ina Faso

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

BURK­INA FASO - The west African coun­try de­clared a state of emer­gency in sev­eral prov­inces at the end of last year and last Thurs­day re­placed its army chief as it strug­gled to put a stop to a spate of such at­tacks. In the lat­est vi­o­lence, gun­men at­tacked a vil­lage mar­ket in broad day­light, the se­cu­rity min­istry said in a state­ment is­sued. “Around 30 armed in­di­vid­u­als per­pe­trated… a ter­ror­ist at­tack in the vil­lage of Gas­se­liki,” it said, giv­ing a toll of 12 dead and two wounded. “A barn, a cart and six shops were also set alight,” it added.A lo­cal source told AFP that the at­tack­ers “ran­sacked stores and opened fire on peo­ple who had gath­ered for the weekly mar­ket.” Ji­hadist at­tacks be­gan in north­ern Burk­ina Faso in 2015 but then spread to the east, near the bor­der with Togo and Benin.

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