Armed assailants killed more than 100 people in an attack on a village in northern Burkina Faso, the government said on Saturday, burning houses and leaving many more injured in one of the deadliest assaults the West African nation has seen in years.
The attackers struck early Saturday morning, first at a gold mine near the village of Sobha, near the border with Niger, according to Rida Lyammouri, a Washington-based expert, before then going after civilians. They also attacked the village market, the government said in a statement.
“It’s definitely one of the deadliest attacks in Burkina Faso in years,” said Mr. Lyammouri, a senior fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, a Morocco-based think tank.
Burkina Faso and its neighbors have faced a resurgence of extremist violence in recent years, much of it carried out by jihadists linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
faced hundreds of attacks, some carried out by jihadist groups and others by local rebels.
The assailants have stormed a number of villages in the region known as Liptako-Gourma, a border area between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, where the attack on Saturday took place.
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, Burkina Faso’s president, declared a 72-hour period of national mourning, calling the attack a “despicable act.” The government described Saturday’s assailants as terrorists, but no group has yet claimed responsibility.
Saturday’s attack occurred in an
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