Civilian Deaths in Northern Burkina Faso: Approximately 60 Killed by Assailants in Military Attire

Civilians were killed in northern Burkina Faso by assailants wearing military uniforms, amid escalating violence in the region. The attack took place in the village of Karma, an area plagued by militant groups linked to al Qaeda and Daesh.

Soldiers from Burkina Faso patrol on the road of Gorgadji in the Sahel area, Burkina Faso March 3, 2019. Picture taken March 3, 2019. — Reuters

In northern Burkina Faso, about 60 civilians were killed on Friday by individuals dressed in Burkinabe armed forces uniforms, as reported by local prosecutor Lamine Kabore.

The attack occurred in Karma village, located in Yatenga province near the Mali border, a region plagued by militant groups with ties to al Qaeda and Daesh. An investigation has been initiated, but no further details on the attack have been released.

Since 2022, violence against civilians by armed groups has escalated, while state security forces and volunteer defense units have conducted multiple abusive counter-terrorism operations.

In a recent incident, unidentified attackers killed 40 people and injured 33 in the same region near Ouahigouya on April 15.

The regional unrest originated in Mali in 2012 and has since spread to Burkina Faso and Niger, resulting in thousands of deaths and the displacement of over 2.5 million people.

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