According to Burkinabe authorities, a suspected jihadist attack on a military convoy transporting citizens in northern Burkina Faso killed 47 people, including 30 civilians, 14 soldiers, and three army auxiliary.
A mixed convoy of civilians, members of the defense and security forces (FDS), and volunteers for the defense of the homeland (VDP) was the target of a terrorist attack 25 kilometers from Gorgadji (North), during which 30 civilians, 14 soldiers, and three VDP were killed, according to the Burkinabe Ministry of Communication.
Gorgadji is a commune in northern Burkina Faso’s Séno province, in the so-called three-border zone that borders Mali and Niger. The region most hit by the violence is the tri-border area.
There have been tens of thousands of civilians and troops slain there. According to the authorities, the attack occurred while security forces and the VDP were on a mission to secure civilians leaving for Arbinda.
The SDF and VDP killed 58 terrorists in retaliation, and many more were wounded and fled, “the same source added, adding that “rescue and field operations are still ongoing.” This is the third strike in two weeks that has claimed the lives of more than a dozen soldiers fighting jihadists in Burkina Faso’s north and northwest regions.
On August 4, thirty people were killed in alleged terrorist strikes in northern Burkina Faso, near the Niger border, including fifteen troops, eleven civilians, and four army auxiliary.
An attack in northwestern Burkina Faso near the Mali border killed 12 soldiers and injured eight others on August 9. Five civilian auxiliaries were killed in an attack in the north on Wednesday. Burkina Faso, a poor West African country, has been plagued by regular and deadly jihadist attacks since 2015, particularly in the north and east, like its neighbors Mali and Niger.
More than 1,500 people have been killed and more than 1.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of these attacks, which are often accompanied by ambushes and blamed on jihadist groups affiliated with the Islamic State (EI) and al-Qaeda.