HRW accuse Burkina Faso military of killing 31 unarmed detainees


International advocacy group Human Rights Watch claims at least 31 unarmed detainees were killed by security forces in Burkina Faso earlier this month during counter-terrorism operations against Islamist militants.

Citing witnesses, the rights group said the bullet-riddled bodies of the men from the Fulani ethnic group were discovered in the northern town of Djibo on April 9, shortly after they had been arrested by security forces and taken away in a convoy.

In response, the Ministry of Defense denied targeting its own people, adding that the director of military justice will open an investigation into similar accusations against the army.

Since 2017, Human Rights Watch has documented the killing of several hundred men by government security forces for their alleged support of extremist groups.

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