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Death toll from Burkina Faso terror attack rises to 53

The death toll from a weekend attack by suspected jihadists on a gendarmerie in northern Burkina Faso has risen to 53, the government said Wednesday.

The attack was one of the deadliest to hit the West African country's defense and security forces since jihadist violence erupted six years ago.

Gunmen traveling on pickup trucks and motorcycles attacked the Inata gendarmerie near the Malian border before dawn on Sunday, leading to drawn-out clashes, a security source on the same day said.

On Monday the death toll was reported as 32. Government spokesman Ousseni Tamboura said Wednesday that a total of 53 people were killed, 49 gendarmes and four civilians.

"Fortunately, we have found 46 gendarmes" alive, he said after a Cabinet meeting.

Local sources, however, said that around 150 gendarmes were stationed at the facility in Inata, meaning the toll could yet rise further. Hundreds of people protested in several cities across the country on Tuesday to demand resignations over the "inability to stop the terrorist attacks."

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Wednesday criticized "substantial dysfunction" within the army, including in food provision.

"It's unacceptable, and that's why I really do understand the ... angry reactions," he said as he left the Cabinet meeting.

Tamboura said earlier that the head of the armed forces in the north of the country had been removed from his post following Sunday's attack.

The country has been declared in mourning from Tuesday until Thursday. Burkina Faso has been hit by jihadist attacks since 2015, mostly in the northern and eastern regions close to Mali and Niger — countries facing their own struggles against jihadists.

Jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso, often coupled with ambushes and attributed to movements affiliated to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida, have killed more than 2,000 people and forced more than 1.4 million to flee their homes.

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0 #1 Wainanchi 2021-11-18 13:05
These crazy devils are everywhere.
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0 #2 Paterson 2021-11-18 23:30
Quoting Wainanchi:
These crazy devils are everywhere.


even bombing and shooting of people is everywhere in the world.All humanity we share similar traits.

Like we were all sowed from the same seedlings regardless of region of origin on the globe.
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0 #3 Lakwena 2021-11-21 12:07
Quoting Wainanchi:
These crazy devils are everywhere.


You are right Wainanchi, a year ago between 18th and 19th Nov 2020 your crazy devils/criminals (pigs) in the UPDF, SFC, ISO, etc. massacred the same number, 54 innocent Ugandans on the streets of Kampala (State Terrorism).

In other words Wainanchi, if Bloody Gen Tibuhaburwa had not by hook or crook had a stranglehold on Ugandans, his name would not have been etched in the History Book (Today in History) for ordering the massacre of Ugandans on the street of Kampala on the 18th and 19th Nov 2020.

That is what they call Evil Legacy, cut on stone like the 10 commandments.

Wachireba?
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0 #4 Lakwena 2021-11-21 12:14
And as long as Gen Tibuhaburws cling on Ugandans for a living, for every additional minutes. hours, days, weeks, months and years; the deaths: whether by violence, ignorance, poverty and diseases of any Uganda will added on the list of people who died during his corrupt and bloody dictatorship.

Wachireba?
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