Ten Civilians Killed in Northern Burkina Faso

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1 November 2021

Ten people were killed and four missing in an attack by unidentified men in Northern Burkina Faso

The civilians pushing their carts to the market were shot haphazardly in the town of Markoye in the Sahel reserve. This attack resulted in the death of 10 civilians. This region bordering Mali and Niger has a heavy presence of Islamist militants.

The militants attacked when Burkina Faso was celebrating the 61st anniversary of its army with a function centered on the fight against terrorism. Burkina Faso, which was once a peaceful nation, is engulfed in violence that has killed thousands and displaced nearly 1.3 million people in the last two years.

This is one of the many violent attacks that has infested the northern part of Burkina Faso. On 31 October, five security forces were killed by unidentified armed men. Fifteen attackers lost their lives in the subsequent fight. Similarly, on the same day, two women and a baby were killed by a landmine in the department of Ouindigui. Furthermore, on 5 October, in a similar attack, militants had killed 14 soldiers and injured seven others.


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Author: Shrabya Ghimire

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