Last updated on January 18th, 2023 at 10:02 am
According to a statement released by the governor of the Sahel region on Monday, a search is now underway in Burkina Faso for a group of women who were kidnapped on Thursday and Friday in the northern part of the country by individuals believed to be jihadists. Lieutenant Colonel Rodolphe Sorgho said, “As soon as it was reported that they had gone missing, searches were started to try to find all of these innocent victims in good health.”
“Every means are being applied, on the ground and in the air, to find these women,” a security source said to AFP, adding that planes are flying over the area to identify any suspicious movement. places, Sorgho says that between Thursday and Friday, around fifty women were taken by people thought to be jihadists in two different places, north and west of the town of Arbinda in the northern region.
“While these wives, mothers, and daughters were out searching for wild fruits, they were unfairly attacked by armed men,” he added. “These men had no right to do what they did.” “We think the kidnappers took them to their different bases,” a resident of Arbinda said to AFP on Sunday. “We think the kidnappers took them to their respective bases.”
“This is the first mass kidnapping since the beginning of the security crisis, and it will be necessary to manage this situation well in order to avoid any drama or a recurrence,” said a senior officer. France has said that the kidnapping should be condemned in the “strongest possible terms” and that the hostages should be freed “immediately.”
Paris reaffirmed what it called “its sympathy and its commitment to Burkina Faso” in a statement that was issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the Sahel region, where jihadist organizations have established a blockade, the Arbinda commune may be found. This region is notoriously difficult to provide with food because of the siege.
According to the United Nations, there is currently a population of approximately one million people residing in areas that have been blocked off in the country’s north and east. Since 2015, jihadist groups with ties to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have launched an increasing number of attacks in Burkina Faso, notably in the country’s northern portion. They are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people and the displacement of at least two million others.
Captain Ibrahim Traoré, who became the transitional president on September 30 after the second military coup in eight months, wants to “retake the land that these terrorist hordes have taken.”