Twelve prisoners suspected of ‘terrorism’ dies in Burkina Faso prison cell

In the prison cells of Burkina Faso, twelve people detained on suspicion of terrorism were found dead.

The prosecutor for the town of Fada N’Gourma said in a statement that 25 people had been detained on May 11 and “unfortunately, 12 of them have died during the course of the night in the cells they were being held in”.

Sources have confirmed that most of those detained were ethnic Fula, who are regularly accused of having links with jihadist groups.

The statement added that to get a clarity over the reason of death, an investigation has been launched. Both the health officials as well as judicial police are investigating the matter.

Security sources said that “only the investigation can determine the cause” of the deaths, but one possible explanation was asphyxiation.

Burkina Faso’s security forces have regularly been accused of mistreating Fula people. According to the Burkinabe human rights organisation, MBDHP, on May 2, a Fula teacher was found dead in a police station in Ouagadougou.

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