Burkina Faso: an attack by armed men leaves around fifty civilian victims in the East

In Burkina Faso, armed men attacked the village of Galgnoini, in the commune of Tigba, in the Eastern region, according to several sources. The attack took place on February 7 and left around fifty civilians dead. This region has been under the control of armed terrorist groups for several months despite multiple military operations.

A Burkinabè soldier patrolling in the town of Ouahigouya, in the province of Yatenga, on October 29, 2018. AFP - ISSOUF SANOGO

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According to the testimonies of some survivors, armed terrorist groups arrived on February 4 in a village in the commune of Tibga, in eastern

Burkina Faso

. “

They ordered people to leave the area

,” said a witness. But despite the ultimatum, the people decided not to leave.

A few days later, the same armed men burst into the village, executed three people and kidnapped residents.

Given the seriousness of the situation, residents mobilized around volunteers for the defense of the homeland in order to resist. “

The armed groups then returned and opened fire on the populations without distinction, especially the men considered to be VDP

,” explained a resident of the region.

The market, granaries and food supplies were ransacked and set on fire. Several residents are missing. “

Security forces and VDPs are deployed on site, but we are observing population movements towards neighboring localities

,” according to an analyst on security issues.


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