After the shooting incident, a search operation has been initiated in the area, along with other regions targeted by armed groups, as stated by an additional security source.
By Johnson Atoukudu:
According to security and local sources, individuals believed to be jihadists have perpetrated an attack in western Burkina Faso, resulting in the death of approximately twelve villagers and leaving several others injured, as reported by AFP on Saturday.
“Overnight (Friday-Saturday) armed people attacked the village of Sara,” 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Burkina’s second city Bobo-Dioulasso, the security source said.
“Unfortunately we have a dozen dead and several wounded.”
A villager, asking not to be named, said, “Nine bodies were buried this Saturday. But two people also died of their wounds, making a total of 11 dead.”
A another resident said the “terrorists” attacked at 8:00 pm (2000 GMT).
“They opened fire on a group of people. Some were mortally wounded inside their homes and others injured,” he added.
After the shooting incident, a search operation has been initiated in the area, along with other regions targeted by armed groups, as stated by an additional security source. Meanwhile, the military has reported that approximately 15 “terrorists” were killed by troops who came under fire on Wednesday near Kompienga in eastern Burkina Faso.
This country, known for its high levels of poverty and instability, has been grappling with a jihadist insurgency that originated from Mali in 2015. The government estimates that nearly one-third of the country remains outside of its control.
Distressingly, more than 10,000 civilians, soldiers, and police officers have lost their lives, while over two million people have been displaced, according to data from a non-governmental organization. The military’s frustration with the inability to counter the insurgency led to two coups last year, reflecting the growing discontent within the armed forces.