15 killed in Burkina Faso attack


Security officials in Burkina Faso said at least 15 people were killed over the weekend when gunmen attacked the northern region of the country, in the latest deadly attack as the impoverished West African country battles a jihadist revolt.

“On Saturday night numerous armed individuals attacked the village of Pobe-Mengao and kidnapped several residents, ransacked shops and carried away equipment,” a local source said.

A security source said, “the lifeless bodies of 11 people were found on Sunday morning… probably the bodies of those abducted the day before in Pobe-Mengao by an armed terrorist group”.

Four more bodies were found after the second onslaught, the source told AFP, bringing the death toll to at least 15.

Nearly 500,000 people have been internally displaced since the deadly attacks began in Burkina Faso. On Saturday, over 10,000 people marched in the capital Ouagadougou to express their support for the country’s security forces.


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