Six People Killed in Northern Burkina Faso

08/07/2020 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – An improvised explosive device (IED) went off in northern Burkina Faso and killed at least six people, mostly children, and injured four other people. On Sunday, August 2nd, security sources and local officials confirmed the attack which happened the day before. They mentioned that the IED exploded as the group’s cart was passing by late Saturday. A local in Ouahigouya (town in northern Burkina Faso) said, “Victims were nearly all children who were returning from grazing their livestock. The cart which carried some of them rolled over a mine.”

Since 2015, more than 1,000 people have been killed and about a million have been displaced during jihadist attacks in northern Burkina Faso. According to an AFP tally (Agence France-Presse), IED attacks have multiplied since 2018 killing nearly 200 military personnel and civilians. These attacks are often combined with an ambush. According to United Nations figures, Jihadist violence is often accompanied by inter-community strife. It has killed more than 4,000 people in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.

These attacks have greatly displaced the minority Christian populations in Northern Burkina Faso. They have been forced to flee further south where the country is safer for those of diverse and minority communities. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso who are suffering at the hands of radical Islamic militants.

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