AfricaSuspected Militants Kill 50 Persons

Suspected Militants Kill 50 Persons


- Advertisment -spot_img

No fewer than 50 civilians died in an attack by suspected Islamist militants in northern Burkina Faso, government spokesman Lionel Bilgo said Monday, in one of the bloodiest clashes since a military coup in January.

“The army has so far found 50 bodies” after the village of Seytenga was attacked overnight Saturday, Bilgo said, adding that the toll “may rise.”

“Relatives (of the victims) have returned to Seytenga and may have taken bodies away,” he told a press conference.


Seytenga was the site of bloody fighting last week.

Eleven gendarmes were killed on Thursday, prompting a military operation that the army said led to the deaths of around 40 jihadists.

“The (weekend) bloodshed was caused by reprisals to the army’s actions,” said Bilgo.

“The country has been hit but the army is doing its job.”

Humanitarian organizations in the region said around 3,000 people were being housed in neighboring towns after fleeing from the village.

The landlocked Sahel state is in the grip of a seven-year-old insurgency that has claimed more than 2,000 lives and forced some 1.9 million people to leave their homes.

Attacks have been concentrated in the country’s north and east, led by assailants suspected to have links with Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State group.

The latest raid is one of the bloodiest since a military putsch in January, when colonels angered at failures to roll back the insurgency ousted the elected president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

Read AlsoBangladesh Charge 29 For Murder of Prominent Rohingya Leader

The new strongman, Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, immediately vowed to make security his key priority.

But after a relative lull, attacks resumed, inflicting a toll of nearly 300 civilian and military deaths over the past three months.

The military takeover was preceded by two attacks that stunned the country.

Read AlsoMan Allegedly Kills Pregnant Wife, Stabs Self

The first, in Solhan in the northeast, claimed 132 lives in June, while the second in Inata, in the north, killed 57 gendarmes in November.

The Inata attack – the biggest single-day loss among the security forces in the history of the insurgency – was particularly shocking.

It targeted gendarmes who had been due to be relieved and had appealed for help before the attack, saying they were running short of food and ammunition.

On Saturday, several hundred people demonstrated in the eastern town of Pama, saying their region had been “abandoned” by the authorities despite a militant siege that had begun in February.

Other towns in the north and east, including Djibo, Titao and Madjoari, are also in the grip of de-facto blockades by the jihadists, requiring resupply under military escort.

“Our troops are facing a heavy challenge – they are under continuous pressure,” Bilgo admitted. (AFP)

New Webbs is an independent online news platform launched with the aim of connecting the world with the latest news on the web.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Groups Commend Delta Police For Killing Notorious Kingpin

Delta, Nigeria - Two groups, Warri Urban Security Network (WUSN) and South-South Professional & Transparency Initiatives (SSPTI) have commended...

Google: N75m Grant For 15 Nigerian SMEs

In a bid to support small businesses, Google has announced the opening of applications for its Hustle Academy SMB...

283 Make First Class As Covenant University Produces New Graduate

Ogun, Nigeria - Covenant University at its ongoing 18th Convocation tagged - Release of Eagles 2023, has announced 283...

Bigi Annual ‘Watch & Win’ Promo Returns With Grand Prizes

Lagos, Nigeria - The award-winning Bigi Carbonated Soft Drink brand, a product of Rite Foods Limited, is delighted to...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

‘Attempted Coup’ In Burkina Faso Foiled – Military Junta

Burkina Faso's military junta, on Wednesday evening claimed it foiled an 'attempted coup d'état' the previous day (Tuesday) in...

50 Persons Poisoned At Wedding Party

At least fifty (50) people were poisoned at a wedding in Iraq’s northern province of Kirkuk due to contaminated...

Must read

Google: N75m Grant For 15 Nigerian SMEs

In a bid to support small businesses, Google has...

Rite Foods Set To Showcase Award-winning Refreshing Brands At Lagos Trade Fair

The award-winning Rite Foods Limited has partnered with the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) for the 37th Annual Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF) and is fully prepared to exhibit its unique brands.
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

Buy More, Save More