Suspected Islamist terror attack at busy market kills at least 30, up to 50 in Burkina Faso

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 28th, 2020 10:07 am

An attack in a market in Burkina Faso killed more than 30 people over the weekend, according to authorities. Islamic extremists are suspected to be behind the attack.

Burkina Faso's national television reported that the death toll could be as high as 50. This is the second such attack in a week, with militants killing 36 civilians in neighboring Sanmatenga province days earlier.

The Norwegian Refugee Council warned that as many as 900,000 people in the country could be displaced by April. That estimate is up from the current estimate of 560,000.

Extremist attacks have risen from around 80 in 2016 to more than 1,800 in 2019, according to the United Nations. The military in Burkina Faso has struggled to contain the violence and is currently trying to recruit 2,000 more soldiers.