Terrorist attack leaves 86 dead in Burkina Faso | News

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The terrorist attack that hit the city of Seytenga, in northern Burkina Faso over the weekend, has so far left 86 people dead, according to a new official report, a fact that Burkinabe de facto president Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba described as of “unimaginable” during a visit to survivors on Wednesday.

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A statement from the Presidency of the African country reports that “Lieutenant Colonel Damiba went to Seytenga this morning (Wednesday) to show the nation’s compassion for the people, victims of a terrorist attack during the night of June 11 to 12, 2022 and that cost the lives of 86 people.

The previous balance of this attack reported 79 dead civilians in this town located a few kilometers from the border with Niger, a country that was also affected by similar attacks in the same period of time, which left the local Gendarmerie dead.

According to Sandaogo Damiba, “what happened here is something unimaginable for unarmed populations, who only hope to live. Their pain is the pain of all of Burkina Faso.”

He commented that, according to a government count, more than 8,300 people took refuge in Dori, a town near Seytenga, after the attack, 61 percent of them children. It is estimated that there are more than 14,000 displaced persons in total.

The Burkinabe president also addressed the Dori security forces during his visit to the affected region: “It is now more than ever that we must be mobilized and united in the face of the threat” that “often comes from the other side of the border” , He launched.

“It is no longer conceivable to do things as before. We can no longer make roadblocks as traditionally because our positions are known”, he added, calling on the Army to “integrate the terrorist threat into all (its) activities”.



The Seytenga attack was condemned by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who called it “appalling” in a statement, while African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki spoke of an “unspeakable murder and negligible”.

According to survivors, the inhabitants of Seytenga found themselves alone facing the terrorists after the departure of the security forces the day before. Two days before the attack, the terrorists had already reached Seytenga and killed 11 gendarmes.

This attack is the second deadliest recorded in Burkina Faso, after the one in June 2021 against the village of Solhan, also in the north near Niger, where 132 people were killed according to the government, 160 according to local sources.

The countries of the Sahel region (Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia) live in the midst of a situation of insecurity caused by the presence of gangs and terrorist groups, aggravated by the presence of foreign occupation forces from former colonial powers in Europe, as well as from the United States.

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