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15 killed in attack in northern Burkina Faso

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Fifteen civilians were killed in northern Burkina Faso over the weekend, according to security sources and local Monday, in a new attack comes against the backdrop of conflict with extremist fighters.

A local source said that “a number of gunmen attacked on Saturday night the village of Bobby-Mingao and kidnapped a number of residents and looted shops and took equipment.”

A security source said that “the bodies of 11 people were found on Sunday morning (…) probably belonging to people kidnapped a day ago in Bobby-Mingao by an armed terrorist group.”

The local source said that “after the attackers leave the population began to leave the village heading to Djibo, especially after the discovery of bodies.”

Djibo, the capital of Sum province, is 25 km from Bobby-Minghao.

“The gunmen returned Sunday to Bobby-Minghao, where they opened fire in the air for several hours before leaving,” the source, a Djibo resident, said, quoting IDP accounts.

Four other bodies were found after their second return, the source told AFP, bringing the death toll to 15.

A security source said that “reinforcements have been deployed in Bobby-Minghao since Sunday evening and continued security patrols throughout the region,” noting that these measures will continue for several days “based on the development of the situation in the region.”

Som is among several provinces in Burkina Faso facing a wave of violence by jihadists four years ago that has moved into the country from neighboring Mali.

The attacks, which usually include blitzkrieg attacks on villages, mines and suicide bombings, have killed around 640 people across the country, according to an AFP count. Some 500,000 people have been internally displaced.

More than 10,000 people marched in the capital, Ouagadougou, on Saturday in support of security forces without weapons, equipment, training and funding.

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