At least 100 civilians were killed in a terrorist attack last night against a village in northern Burkina Faso. This was announced by the official Aib news agency.
According to reports from the Lefaso.net website, the attack took place during the night in Solhan, in the province of Yagha, in the Sahel region. The terrorists, security sources report, have also set fire to homes and the market.
Following the attack, President Roch Kaboré decreed 72 hours of national mourning until Monday. According to some sources, the death toll could be even heavier.
“I bow my head in memory of the hundreds of civilian victims of this barbaric attack and send my condolences to their families,” President Kaboré wrote on Twitter.
“The security and defense forces are working to find and neutralize those responsible for this despicable action” he added, urging citizens to “remain united against the forces of evil”. According to the reconstructions, the massacre in the village of Solhan began when an armed commando attacked a guard post of the anti-jihad militias called the Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland operating in the north of the country.
According to the reconstruction of sources by Radio France Internationale, after attacking the militia, the jihadists then began targeting civilians, killing people and setting fire to homes and the market. Local sources, quoted by Radio Omega, report that a counter offensive by government forces is underway. “We keep hearing explosions, the army is intervening,” said a witness.
The east and north of Burkina Faso have long been the scene of attacks by jihadist groups including: Al Qaeda in the Sahel, the group for the support of Islam and Muslims (Jnim) and the Islamic State in the greater Sahara ( Isgs).