Burkina Faso: Large-scale terrorist attack targets the Sahel town of Djibo

The town of Djibo, located in the Sahel region, was the target of a terrorist attack on Sunday afternoon. Large numbers of assailants arrived on motorcycles and cars and stormed the camp of the anti-terrorist forces group and several strategic sites in the city. For more than two hours, they fired on people, set fire to them and looted everything they could. For the moment, there has been no official communication on the death toll of this attack.

An aerial view of the Burkinabe town of Djibo, in the Sahel region. (illustrative image) AP - Sam Mednick

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According to Burkina Faso's news agency, "nearly 3,000 terrorists" attacked the town of Djibo. Witnesses on the scene explain that the attackers came in very large numbers and attacked strategic points in the city, including the camp of the military detachment.


The fighting was particularly fierce at the military camp ", emphasizes the Burkina news agency. For several hours, the attackers occupied it along with the rest of the city. A security source revealed that "soldiers fell, all collective weapons, ammunition and armored vehicles were taken away."

A counter-offensive was carried out and "more than 400 terrorists" killed, according to Burkina Faso's news agency. A figure that cannot be independently verified. Moreover, the agency does not mention any material loss or damage on the part of the Burkinabe forces.

For more than two years, the town of Djibo has been under the blockade of armed terrorist groups. The inhabitants are supplied thanks to an airlift by the WFP or by the few convoys escorted by the Burkina Faso army. These convoys are regularly attacked by armed terrorist groups.

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