October 19, 2021, 11:19 am
At least 100 civilians have been killed in an attack on a village in the northern West African country of Burkina Faso.
Reuters quoted a statement from the country’s government on Saturday.
The statement said the attackers attacked the village of Solhan in Niger’s border province of Yaga on Friday night, killing villagers and setting fire to houses and markets.
The government has called the attackers terrorists, but no group has claimed responsibility.
The government has said that about 100 people were killed in the attack. They have declared three days of state mourning across the country over the incident.
Attacks by al Qaeda and Islamic State (IS) -linked militant groups have intensified in the Sahel region of West Africa since the beginning of this year; Especially in the region of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Most of the time civilians are the victims of these attacks.
In just two years of violence in Burkina Faso More than 11 lakh 40 thousand people have been displaced. In addition, the impoverished country has sheltered about 20,000 refugees who crossed the border from neighboring Mali to escape militant attacks.