Six people killed in northern Burkina Faso
An improvised explosive device (IED) went off in northern Burkina Faso and killed at least six people, mostly children, and injured four other people. On Sunday the 2nd of August, security sources and local officials confirmed the attack which happened the day before. They mentioned that the IED exploded as the group’s cart was passing by late on Saturday.
A local in Ouahigouya (a town in northern Burkina Faso) said: “Victims were nearly all children who were returning from grazing their livestock. The cart which carried some of them rolled over a mine.”
IED attacks have multiplied since 2018 killing nearly two hundred military personnel and civilians. These attacks are often combined with an ambush.
According to United Nations figures, Jihadist violence is often accompanied by inter-community strife. It has killed more than four thousand people in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.
These attacks have significantly displaced the minority Christian populations in Northern Burkina Faso. They have been forced to flee further south where the country is safer for those of diverse and minority communities.