60 civilians killed in armed attack in Burkina Faso

At least 60 civilians have been killed in an attack by armed men in the West African country of Burkina Faso. The attack took place in Karma village of Yatenga province in the northern part of the country on Friday.

This information was reported by the Reuters news agency on Sunday, citing local counsel Lamine Kabore.

Lamine Kabore, citing police in the nearby town of Wahigua, said an investigation had been launched into the attack in the area bordering Mali. Militant groups linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) have significant influence in the region.

According to the report, the militant groups have been carrying out attacks one after the other for years. Kabor’s statement did not elaborate on this. However, human rights organization Human Rights Watch reported that since 2022, attacks on ordinary citizens have increased in the country. Such attacks have not stopped even after the country’s army and volunteer armed forces launched a massive anti-terror operation across the country.

According to information provided by the government of Burkina Faso, on April 15 this year, 40 people were killed and 33 injured in an attack by unidentified armed groups on the army and volunteer forces in the same area near Wahigua. Instability in the region started mainly from Mali.

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