Militants target Burkina Faso market, aid convoy in deadly attacks

Government soldiers patrol near Gorgadji in Burkina Faso, in March 2019.
Government soldiers patrol near Gorgadji in Burkina Faso, in March 2019. © Luc Gnago, REUTERS

Militants in Burkina Faso attacked a cattle market and a humanitarian convoy, killing at least 35 people, the government said on Sunday.

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The latest violence underscores deep instability in parts of Burkina Faso, which has been battling armed groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State since 2017.

Twenty-five people were killed and more wounded in the attack on the market in the eastern village of Kompienga, while five civilians and five military police were killed near the northern village of Foube, the government said in a statement.

Armed groups "targeted a humanitarian convoy returning from Foube after delivering supplies", it said.

A further 20 people were wounded in the convoy attack, it said.

No group has claimed responsibility.

Hundreds have been killed in the past year in the Sahel nation, and more than half a million people have fled their homes due to the violence, which has also fuelled ethnic and religious tensions.

The bloodshed follows the death of at least 15 people on Friday in an attack on a convoy transporting traders in northern Burkina Faso.

(REUTERS)

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