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10/04/2022 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – On Monday, September 26, armed fighters attacked a military-escorted convoy of 150 vehicles. The convoy was headed to a town in the north of the country equipped with supplies.  

Burkina Faso’s government released a statement on Tuesday, September 27, stating that 11 soldiers had been killed, while some 28 people, including 8 civilians, were wounded. Dozens of trucks were destroyed in the violence. 

The attack took place in Soum province, where groups affiliated with both Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have been seizing territory and perpetrating violent attacks on both civilians and military personnel. 

Militants linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS began initiating violent attacks in Burkina Faso, mostly starting in 2015. The violence seen in Burkina Faso is part of a broader trend of jihadism that has displaced 2.3 million people across West Africa’s Sahel region. As a result, communities turned to dialogue as they lost faith in the government’s ability to manage the crisis militarily. 

In 2021, Burkina Faso experienced a record year of conflict and replaced Mali as the epicenter of Sahel terrorism. On June 4, 2021, the country underwent the bloodiest attack yet in its six-year struggle with jihadists, when Al-Qaeda affiliates killed over 135 civilians over the course of two nights. Seven months and several attacks later, soldiers staged a coup and announced a government run by a military junta. 

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