The government has announced a two-day memorial service after the casualties of a recent attack by a suspected radicalist included members of the official Self-Defense Forces.
The Burkina Faso government has declared a two-day memorial service from Sunday after 41 people were killed in an attack by a suspected extremist in the troubled northern part.
A government statement released Saturday night said, “A search mission in the ambush territory by an armed terrorist group has killed 41 bodies. The president has ordered a 48-hour mourning for the people.” ..
The government said the dead included members of the official Self-Defense Forces, known as the Homeland Defense Volunteers (VDP), which were established to support the military.
Volunteers will be sent to patrols and surveillance missions equipped with light weapons after 14 days of training.
Among the victims of the attack on Thursday was Ladji Yoro, who is considered the leader of Burkina Faso’s VDP, the statement said.
“Identification of victims is still underway,” a government statement said.
According to local media, the ambush targeted a convoy of traders escorted by the VDP near Ouahigouya, a town not far from the Mali border.
Worst attack since mid-November
The attack was the most deadly since mid-November, when 57 people, including 53 gendarmerie, were killed.
Like neighboring countries Mali and Niger, Burkina Faso has been involved in a spiral of violence due to armed groups belonging to al-Qaeda and Dej since 2015.
The fighting killed at least 2,000 people and evacuated 1.4 million.
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