The president of Burkina Faso, Roche Marc Christian Capore, on Sunday declared 48 hours of national mourning after 41 people were killed three days before an attack by suspected jihadists in the north of the country.
The new attack of suspicious jihadists struck Burkina Faso Two days of national mourning were declared this week, Sunday, December 26, as 41 civilians and military aides were killed in ambush in the north of the country.
Armed groups ambushed civilians in the U region (north) on Thursday, targeting civilians and Fatherland (VDP) security volunteers.
“The search operation in the ambush zone (…) established an estimate of 41 bodies,” said government spokesman Alcazo Micah.
“Faso’s President Orders 48 Hour of National Mourning”, which began at midnight on Sunday, the text adds.
The report said that among the victims was Lady Yoro, who is considered the leader of the VDP in Burkina Faso.
In Its struggle against jihadi groups, The Burkina Faso army, weak and poorly armed, relies on this “VDP”, trained civilian paramilitaries in two weeks and they pay a high price.
The President of Burkina Faso has already paid tribute to Lodge Yorro on Friday. “This brave volunteer for the defense of the fatherland should be a model of our resolute commitment to fight the enemy,” the head of state tweeted.
The Ministry of Defense, for its part, praised the “heroism of Lady Yoro, which” fought to the highest sacrifice. “
However, no decision on this ambush has been announced by management.
“The task of identifying the victims is still ongoing,” the government said in a statement.
Irritation of the population
According to several Burkina Faso media outlets, this ambush of suspected jihadists targeted a series of merchants backed by VDPs.
This attack Inada (north), worst since mid-November, Where 57 people were killed, including 53 gendarmes, which caused unrest among the population.
Two weeks before the attack, Inada’s gendarmes alerted staff to their precarious situation, saying there was a food shortage and thanked the hunters.
Hundreds of Burkina Faso took to the streets of Ouagadougou on November 27, accusing them of failing to stop jihadi violence and demanding the executive leave.
Like its Mali and Nigerian neighbors, Burkina Faso has been embroiled in a violent cycle of jihadi militias affiliated with al-Qaeda since 2015. Islamic State Committee At least 2,000 people died and 1.4 million were displaced.
The “three frontier” area on the border with Mali and Niger is particularly affected.
In early December, the government fired and appointed a new prime minister, Lasina Gerbo, a former UN official.
Many ministers retained their portfolios, including key positions such as defense, defense or economics.
The president called for a “rally” to defeat “terrorism.”