Burkina Faso: Dozens Killed In Eastern Attack
Attack in Kodyel village in Komandjari province leaves at least 30 people dead, including children, after about 100 fighters entered on motorcycles and trucks.
At least 30 people were killed by gunmen in the eastern Burkina Faso as rebels burned down villagers’ homes and shot them also as they tried to escape. The attack occurred in Kodyel village in the Komandjari province on Monday near the border with Niger, government official Labidi Ouoba told the media by phone after fleeing the attack. Rebel fighters surrounded the village and went
house to house setting fire to them and killing people, said Ouoba. I ran early because the terrorists usually look for authorities. We all pray that peace comes back now in our country. We are very tired he said. Another resident, Mediempo Tandamba, who fled the Monday’s attack said about 100 fighters all entered the town on motorcycles and pick-up trucks. Four of his brother’s
children were killed. We are very afraid here today, said Tandamba. The attack comes exactly one week after two 2 Spanish journalists and an Irish conservationist were killed and a Burkinabe soldier went missing when their anti-poaching patrol was ambushed by rebels in the same region. That same day last week, 18 people were killed in the Yattakou village in the country’s Sahel
region. Burkina Faso’s ill-equipped army has struggled to contain the spread of violence linked to al-Qaeda and the ISIL (ISIS) who have killed thousands and displaced more than one million people. Last year the government also enlisted the help of volunteer militiamen to help the army but they have also incurred the retaliation by the rebels who attack them and the communities they help.
The rebels also killed civilians on the Monday because the village provided some fighters also to the volunteer programme, said Heni Nsaibia, an analyst also with the Armed Conflict Location and the Event Data Project. No group also claimed responsibility for the attack. Armed groups have also driven religious and ethnic tensions between farming and herding communities in the Mali,
Burkina Faso and the Niger to boost recruitment among marginalised communities. The worsening violence in the wider Sahel region has led to one of the the world’s most acute humanitarian crises, UN agencies said last week. Twenty-nine million people in the Sahel region are in need of aid and protection an all-time high and five 5 million more than last year, they said.