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World Burkina Faso: deadly attacks on a market and against a humanitarian convoy

00:45  01 june  2020
00:45  01 june  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Gunmen in Burkina Faso killed at least 37 people on Wednesday in an attack on a convoy carrying employees, suppliers and contractors of a Canadian mining Wednesday’s assault was the third deadly attack in 15 months against Semafo, which also operates a second mine in Burkina Faso .

At least 15 people were killed in northern Burkina Faso in an attack on a convoy transporting traders in a town in northern Burkina Faso on Friday, the government said on Saturday. "The provisional toll mentions 15 dead, wounded and people missing as well as significant material damage

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A new attack was recorded on Sunday against a convoy in northern Burkina Faso and another in a market in the east of the country. These attacks, attributed to "armed terrorist groups", would have left dozens dead, according to a provisional assessment.

Massacres attributed to jihadist groups left at least 50 dead Friday and Saturday in Burkina Faso: around 30 people were killed during the attack on a market in the East and at least 25 in attacks by two convoys in the North.

On Saturday, in the cattle market of Kompienbiga near Pama (East of Burkina), armed men "burst onto motorcycles and started to shoot, especially on people who were trying to flee" affirmed Sunday May 31 AFP a resident, putting the balance sheet at "thirty dead".

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Authorities in Burkina Faso must “do everything in their power” to bring to justice the perpetrators of an attack on a mining company convoy in the West African nation The ambush represents one of the deadliest attacks in a recent spate of violence in the historically-calm landlocked nation, which has

An attack on a convoy transporting local employees of Canadian mining company Semafo in Burkina Faso left 37 people dead and 60 wounded on Wednesday This was the third deadly attack suffered by Semafo in 15 months. Two others in August 2018 also targeted vehicles travelling to its mines, and

"A group (of assailants) carried out searches of those who remained on the spot while another group pursued those who fled," he continued.

"It is difficult to say how many people were killed. There were bodies at the market, others in the bush. More than thirty bodies were gathered yesterday," said another resident , "without news" of his brother present at the market during the attack.

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A local elected official in the province of Kompienga, speaks to him of "several dozen dead, including traders and local residents. "

"The provisional toll of the cowardly attack on the Kompienbiga market is 25 dead and several injured," according to an official government statement late Sunday.

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Burkina Faso must “do everything in their power” to bring to justice the perpetrators of an attack on a mining company convoy in the West African There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday’s incident, which the UN Secretary-General called a “heinous act” against the country’s

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Militants in Burkina Faso attacked a cattle market and a humanitarian convoy , killing at least 35 people, the government said on Sunday. Saturday's violence underscores deep instability in parts of Burkina Faso , which has been battling armed groups with links to al Qaeda

The Governor of the East, Colonel Saidou Sanou, assured in a press release that "this umpteenth attack perpetrated by enemies of the people comes once again to remind the need for a frank collaboration between the FDS (Defense and Security Forces ) and the populations in order to defeat the terrorist hydra ".

Northern Burkina Faso, an area where attacks are frequent

The same Saturday, an attack on a humanitarian convoy left at least 10 dead north of Barsalogho (northern Burkina Faso) near the already infamous locality of Foubé / Foulbé - the name varies according to ethnicity Fulani or Mossi -, according to the press release from the government.

"The attack on the Foubé-Barsalogho axis perpetrated by armed terrorist groups targeted a humanitarian convoy returning from Foubé after having brought food there. The provisional death toll is 10 dead (5 civilians, 5 gendarmes)".

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Image caption Burkina Faso has been fighting a jihadist insurgency that has killed hundreds. At least 37 people have been killed and 60 wounded in an attack on a mining company convoy in Burkina Faso , authorities say. Five buses carrying staff of Canadian firm Semafo were ambushed on

The attack is the deadliest in recent years as the military struggles to contain Islamist violence that has overrun parts of Burkina Faso , located in west Semafo said in a statement earlier that the attack on a convoy of five buses with military escort took place on the road to its Boungou mine in the eastern

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This zone where attacks are frequent had been the scene of significant intercommunity violence with 50 deaths according to the official balance sheet, more than 70 according to Fulani sources.

After an attack by suspected jihadists from Yirgou-Foulbè, villagers of Mossi ethnicity, the majority in Burkina, attacked the Fulani. President Roch Kaboré had moved to ease the tension.

Sunday, "the SDS, deployed on the two sites ensure the evacuation of the wounded and carry out raking operations", according to the press release.

These two deadly attacks occur after that of a convoy of traders Friday also in the North (Loroum). "The provisional assessment makes state of 15 dead, wounded and missing persons", according to a press release Saturday from the government, which speaks of "terrorists".

With AFP

After Droukdal's death, three men dominate the jihadist chessboard in the Sahel .
© Handout The head of the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), Iyad Ag Ghaly, on a propaganda video published on June 25 2016. After the death of the head of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqmi) Abdelmalek Droukdal, three figures more than ever dominate the jihadist scene in the Sahel: Iyad Ag Ghaly and Amadou Koufa on the Al-Qaeda side, and Adnan Abou Walid Sahraoui for ISIS.

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