"Berber attack": 35 people were murdered by jihad activists in Burkina Faso
State President Kabura said most of the fatalities in the attack on Arbinda are women and that security forces have succeeded in taking on 80 jihadists in response. This is in light of the many attacks against the backdrop of ethnic and religious tensions organized by terrorist organizations. According to the army, seven soldiers were killed in the fighting that lasted several hours
"Berber attack": 35 people were murdered by jihad activists in Burkina FasoPhoto: Reuters
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35 people were murdered in the attack by jihad activists in the town of Arbinda, Burkina Faso - Rock State President Christian Christiane Cavoura said Tuesday (Tuesday). This is in the background of the attacks in the country that have intensified since 2015 against the background of ethnic and religious tensions, most of which are organized by terrorist organizations affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS).
Security forces who arrived on the scene shot suspects and killed 80 jihadists. The state military said the assault and clashes followed continued in the town, in the area near the Mali border, for several hours and that seven members of the security forces were killed.
"The heroic action of our soldiers has allowed 80 terrorists to be neutralized," said President Roche Mark Christian Cavoura. "This barbaric attack has resulted in the deaths of 35 civilians, mostly women." So far no one has taken responsibility for the attack. In Burkina Faso, some Islamic extremist groups operate, although they do not usually take responsibility for this when many civilians are injured.
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For years, Burkina Faso has not experienced this kind of extremism on the border near Mali, where in 2013 it required military intervention led by France to oust jihad activists in several major towns.
That situation changed with a pair of deadly terror attacks in 2016 and 2017 in the capital of Ugadugo, both of which marked popular points among foreigners. According to the UN, the numerous attacks in the north and east of the country have displaced more than half a million people from the region.
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