Burkina Faso village attack leaves 39 dead


Thirty-nine people were killed in northern Burkina Faso, in what government called a terrorist attack on a village in Soum province.

The weekend attack was less than a week after militants killed 36 civilians in a neighbouring province, part of a surge in violence in the West African country that killed hundreds, forced more than half a million from their homes and made much of the north ungovernable.

Government did not provide further details on the latest attack in Silgadji, describing it in a statement as “cowardly and barbaric”.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible.

Rising insecurity forced people from their homes. Displaced people increased tenfold in 2019 to more than 560 000, making Burkina Faso the world’s fastest-growing displacement crisis, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council.

The flight of refugees elsewhere in the country is straining local resources and leaving authorities struggling to cope.