US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The Burkina Faso government announced in a statement that 43 civilians were killed Sunday in several attacks in two towns in the north of the country, and local sources told AFP that the attacks were carried out by self-defense groups in response to the actions of jihadists.
“On Sunday, attacks were carried out in the towns of Dangila and Parga, located in the Parga region in Yatenga province (north). The initial count reported 43 victims,” said Information Minister Remis Fulgens Dandjinou.
Local sources have contacted with AFP that the residents of these two towns are mostly Fulani tribes, accused of being close to the jihadists.
“The injured, six, were taken to the local Wahigoya Hospital where they were taken care of. The defense and security forces were deployed immediately to secure the two towns that were attacked,” Dandjinou said.
The minister did not mention the self-defense groups or the Fulani tribes.
He said, “The government condemns in the strongest terms this heinous attack,” adding that “every effort is being made to restore calm to the two affected towns.”
He added that the ministers of national defense and the regional administration were sent “to the place to comfort the residents and assess the situation.”
A local source told France Press that “self-defense groups have done this in response to jihadist attacks,” confirming the account of other local sources.
North Burkina Faso is under frequent jihadist attacks.
Like Mali, Niger, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast, tensions are regularly turning into violence between groups of farmers and Fulani tribes in West Africa.
Some Fulani have joined jihadi groups that have killed more than 800 people since 2015 in Burkina Faso. Therefore, it is very common for Burkinabe not to distinguish between jihadists and fulans.
Jihadist groups are fueling tensions and attacks intensified in response to Fulani tribes in 2019.
Jihadist violence, in addition to inter-ethnic conflicts, killed 4,000 people in 2019 in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, according to the United Nations.
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