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Twenty civilians killed in a “jihad attack” in northern Burkina Faso

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Twenty civilians were killed last night in a “jihadist attack” in the village of Lamdamul, 40 km from Gorgadji, in the Senno district in northern Burkina Faso, a security source said Sunday.

“Unidentified gunmen attacked the village of Lamdamul on Saturday night to Sunday and killed at least 20 civilians. The heavily armed attackers on motorbikes killed the residents,” the source told AFP.

Another security source told France Press that the jihadist attack had occurred, explaining that it came “after the residents were threatened a few days ago that they should leave the village.”

He added, “The defense and security forces work day and night to secure the area and the population, but it is difficult for them to be everywhere.”

The attack on civilians comes a week after similar attacks in the north and center of the country.

On 25 January, 39 civilians were killed in a jihadist attack on a village in Tongumail District of Som Province.

Burkina, which borders Mali and Niger, has been witnessing jihadist attacks since 2015 that left about 800 people dead.

The United Nations reported that jihadist attacks in Mali, Niger and Burkina resulted in 4,000 deaths in 2019 and caused an unprecedented humanitarian crisis as 600,000 people fled the violence.

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