Three days of national mourning were declared at midnight on November 16 after an attack on a Gendermary sect in Inada, Som, on Sunday. As of Monday evening, at least 28 genders and 4 civilians had died, according to the latest estimates.
⁇ We must stand united and determined against the evil forces that are waging a merciless war on us ஜனாதிபதி On Monday, November 15, the President of Burkina Faso responded on his Twitter account.
We must stand united and determined against the evil forces that are waging a merciless war on us.
We will not allow the foundations of our nation to be undermined.
I bow my head in memory of our heroic SDFs who fell in the field of honor.
Condolences to the bereaved families.
– Rochkaborep (@rochkaborepf) November 15, 2021
In a statement, the government confirmed at least 32 people had died Sunday attack. According to security sources, the number is likely to rise further as the search for survivors continues. On Sunday, November 14, the government said 27 genders were found unharmed.
Inada, a strategic crossroads
According to local sources, there were 100 to 150 men in Inada’s Gendermary division. The attack took place on Sunday. ” Lots of armed individuals “Cycle” In many pick-ups and motorcycles », Pointed to a security source, which led to prolonged shootings between attackers and genders. The attack on Burkina Faso security and security forces is one of the deadliest in the country to face jihadist attacks for six years.
Roderick Fahraman Cohn, lead researcher at the Institute of Strategy and Security, explains that the attack took place in a strategic area for armed groups: Inata’s area is actually an important crossroads in northern Burkina:
This is a strategic crossroads for extremist and violent groups seeking to protect abduction corridors. These are high-traffic areas for fuel, ammunition and weapons. It is also a golden zone. So this is a strategic place.
Roderick Fahraman Cooney in Inata: “This is a Strategic Place”