Burkina Faso attack: About 60 civilians were killed


Local prosecutor Lamine Kabore said Sunday, citing information from police in the town of Ouahigouya, about 60 civilians were killed on Friday in northern Burkina Faso by people wearing uniforms of the armed forces. Burkinabe site.

He said an investigation was launched after the attack on the village of Karma in Yatenga province on the border near Mali, an area occupied by Islamist groups linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State .

The statement did not provide further details about the attack.

Human Rights Watch said in March that since 2022, attacks by armed groups against civilians have increased while state security forces and the volunteer military have carried out some counter-terrorism operations.

According to the government, unidentified assailants killed 40 people and wounded 33 others in an attack on army and volunteer forces in the same northern Burkina Faso area near Ouahigouya on May 15. April.

Regional unrest began in Mali in 2012, when Islamists usurped a Tuareg separatist uprising. Violence has since spread to Burkina Faso and Niger, killing thousands and displacing more than 2.5 million.

(Reporting by Thiam Ndiaga Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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