Jihadist uprising in Burkina Faso makes ten more victims
At least ten civilians were killed in Burkina Faso on Saturday during an attack suspected to have been perpetrated by jihadists. “Unidentified armed individuals carried out an attack on the village of Namssiguian in Bam province,” a security source told AFP.
A local resident told the news source that “the terrorists stayed in the village for several hours, where they looted and destroyed.” He added that the assailants “sabotaged the telephone antennas beforehand, making all communication impossible”.
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.
Civilians are subject to grave acts of violence and human rights violations at the hands of extremist groups, who often target Christians, their leaders, and places of worship.