At least 15 dead, many unaccounted for following ambush attack in Burkina Faso

by Peter Heck · May 30th, 2020 4:21 pm

Ongoing attacks on the West African country of Burkina Faso by terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS have taken another bloody turn Friday as at least 15 people were killed in what seems to be an ambush-style attack.

Many more were still unaccounted for, the government said in a statement on Saturday.

An unidentified group of assailants struck a convoy of traders in the northern parts of the country, killing and wounding multiple people and leaving even more unaccounted for.

"The provisional toll mentions 15 dead, wounded and people missing as well as significant material damage," communications minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou said following the attack in Loroum province.

The attack is just the latest in a string of violence over the past year that has killed hundreds and led to the displacement of up to half a million people.

Neither al-Qaeda nor ISIS, both of whom have been attacking civilians and clashing with Burkina Faso's army since 2017, have yet claimed responsibility for the killings.


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