At least 50 people have been killed in a deadly attacks attributed to armed jihadists against civilians and the military in the east of Burkina Faso, in the recent week.
The deadly attack was carried out on Wednesday against the commune of Madjoari, which has between 15 and 20,000 inhabitants, but announced on Thursday, is the bloodiest since the one perpetrated nearly a year ago in Solhan, in the northeast, which killed 132 people.
“Residents of Madjoari, a locality under blockade by jihadists and who were trying to leave it, were targeted near a bridge by unidentified armed individuals”, said Colonel Hubert Yameogo, governor of the eastern region, in a statement sent to AFP.
“The provisional death toll is “around 50 people killed”, he said.
Like other towns in the north and east of Burkina Faso, such as Djibo and Titao, the town of Madjoari has been placed under blockade by the jihadists who strike in these regions. The army sometimes manages to get supply convoys there.
But when this is not the case, destitute and desperate inhabitants try to flee, and according to inhabitants contacted by AFP from Ouagadougou, this is what has been happening in Madjoari for a week.
“These are the people who were intercepted and executed by the terrorists,” said one of them, adding that all the victims are men.
The governor of the eastern region assured that “security actions are underway to restore peace”.
This attack follows several others recently recorded in Madjoari against soldiers and civilians.