In an attack by armed men on a post of the anti-jihadist militias “Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland” (VDP) in northeast Burkina Faso, around one hundred civilians were killed, including the country’s president, Roch Marc Christian. confirmed Kaboré, on his Twitter account.
The president has proclaimed three days of mourning for the victims of the attack. “I bow my head in memory of the 100 civilians killed in this barbaric attack and offer my condolences to the families of the victims,” he said.
“The security and defense forces are working hard to find and neutralize those responsible for this heinous act,” he added. “We must remain united against the forces of evil,” he concluded, without identifying those responsible.
Previously, local sources had informed the local radio station Radio Omega that the attack began late last Friday and lasted all morning in the city of Solhan in Yagha province. “We are still hearing explosions. The army is intervening,” said witnesses to the clashes.
After the attack on the militias, the attackers set fire to the houses in the city and the market, according to Radio France Internationale (RFI).
Solhan is 14 kilometers from the provincial capital Sebba and has been the scene of several incidents since the beginning of the year. On February 13th, the deputy mayor of Sohan was kidnapped by a group of bandits for three weeks, from which he eventually escaped.
The volunteers in defense of the fatherland are a militia that fights against the jihadist attackers who have spread terror in rural areas of Burkina.
Local humanitarian organizations, such as the Human Dignity Observatory, denounce that the group sometimes acted as “death squads” sowing havoc under the banner of the fight against terrorism by carrying out summary executions of civilians, particularly those of the Fulani ethnic group . , also called peul.