Dozens die as attacks continue in Burkina Faso

by Laura Mize · Feb 4th, 2020 11:20 am

Recent attacks in Burkina Faso have left dozens of people dead. The attacks, which took place on January 25 and February 1, are the latest in a series of violent raids that have killed or displaced hundreds of thousands of people since early 2019.

At least 10 Christian men and dozens of others died in the January raid on the town of Silgadji when militants stormed the city market and demanded people convert to Islam or be killed. Some estimates report a total of 50 people died in the attack. The perpetrators said they were carrying out the attack "in the name of Allah."

At least 18 people died in the February attack in the town of Lamdamol. It remains unknown who carried out the attack. Persecution watch group International Christian Concern reported that Islamic extremists from Mali have been responsible for most of the violence in Burkina Faso and are the likely culprits in this incident.


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