The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has condemned an attack that killed 25 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Burkina Faso on the night of 4 October. The 25 people – all men – were part of a group of 46 people, who were returning to their homes from the town of Pissila, hoping for improved security there. A twenty-sixth person, also a man, was seriously injured and left for dead by the attack.
According to the UNHCR statement: “Survivors of the attack said that 25 people – all men – were killed, and one seriously injured when their convoy carrying 46 people was ambushed by an armed group near the town of Pissila, in the country’s Sanmatenga province in the Centre-Nord region. The men were separated from the group and executed, one of them was left for dead. The women and children were later released, and the armed group fled the scene”
“We are heartbroken by news of this brutal and callous act,” said Ioli Kimyaci, UNHCR’s Representative in Burkina Faso. “Innocent civilians are seeking safety but instead are paying with their lives with alarming frequency,” she added.
The surviving family members managed to reach Pissila, a town nine kilometers away. UNHCR’s partner ICAHD has been providing them with psychological support.
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