Attack by extremists in Burkina Faso kills at least 19

| | Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
  • 0

Attack by extremists in Burkina Faso kills at least 19

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 | AP | Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Attack by extremists in Burkina Faso kills at least 19

At least 19 people, including nine security force members, have been killed during an attack by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso, the government-press agency said Tuesday.

The attack Sunday in Foube in the Center-North region also injured a staff member from the aid group Doctors Without Borders and burned down a healthcare center, said the organization. The violence was likely targeting a gendarme post a few hundred meters away.

“We are shocked by this news and alarmed by this situation,” said Mamadou Diarra, head of mission for Doctors Without Borders in Burkina Faso.

“The health post is now completely destroyed and can no longer treat patients. The violence continues to increase daily in Burkina Faso, trapping the Burkinabe people a little more each day, which is unacceptable."

The attack is the latest in escalating violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State across the country, that's killed thousands and displaced more than 1.4 million people.

Earlier this month more than 50 people were killed, including 49 gendarmes in the Sahel's Soum province.

A civilian in the nearby town of Barsalogho told The Associated Press the jihadists hid behind a group of displaced people before they attacked and that there were a lot of people injured.

He spoke on condition of anonymity to protect his security.

Frustration is mounting at the government's inability to stem the violence, with protests planned for November 27 to demand President Roch Marc Christian Kabore's resignation.

“The country is falling. There are entire areas that are controlled by terrorists,” said Mamadou Drabo, executive secretary for Save Burkina, a civil society group.

“We think that if the president resigns, someone else will be able to handle the problem because we realize that the president is the problem,” he said.

State Editions

Kranti Surya Gourav Kalash Yatra launched

28 November 2021 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Rajput Karni Sena barges in State BJP headquarters

28 November 2021 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Award ceremony in memory of DKMMM office bearers held

28 November 2021 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh Pavilion bags bronze at India Int’l Trade Fair

28 November 2021 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Pickpockets steal Rs 46K in city bus in Bhopal

28 November 2021 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Sunday Edition

Time to awaken Corporate Social Consciousness?

28 November 2021 | Priya Nair Rajeev / Simy Joy | Agenda

Exquisite prose poetry

28 November 2021 | Swati Pal | Agenda

From uncertainty to probabilities

28 November 2021 | Pradeep | Agenda

New arrivals

28 November 2021 | Pioneer | Agenda

Astroturf : Choice sets premise of destiny

28 November 2021 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Talktime : ‘I want to be part of cinema & not just project making'

28 November 2021 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer