53 killed in attack on security post in Burkina Faso
At least Fifty-three people were killed last weekend in an attack on gendarmerie post in Burkina Faso, prompting protests over the government’s failure to restrain a four-year Islamist insurgency.
According to a government spokesman, the attack occurred near a gold mine in Inata, a territory in the northern Soum region, and killed 49 military police officers and four civilians.
“On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital, demanding Kabore resign for failing to rein in militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State who regularly target Burkinabe forces and civilians,” wrote Reuters.
While Burkina Faso was once seen as a harmonious nation of religious tolerance, a jihadist uprising has plagued the country as well as the rest of Africa’s Sahel region since 2015.