Gunmen attack claims more than 20 lives in eastern Burkina Faso

In an official statement, the government of Burkina Faso said that unidentified gunmen have killed about 20 people in an attack on a cattle market in the village of Fada N’Gourma.

Governor, Colonel Saidou Sanou, said, “Unidentified armed individuals burst into a cattle market in Namoungou village in the region of Fada N’Gourma and attacked the population.”

“According to an initial toll, around 20 people have been killed and numerous others wounded,” he added.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack and the army is carrying out a search operation in the area.

Burkina Faso has been battling armed groups with links to Al-Qaeda and Daesh since 2017 that has resulted in the death of hundreds of people in the past year in the Sahel nation.

Per the statistics, in the past five years, more than 900 people have been killed by armed groups, while some 860,000 people have fled their homes.

Earlier, in the month of May, gunmen killed 25 people in an attack on another cattle market in the eastern village of Kompienga.

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