Aug. 3 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Burkina Faso Army announced on Wednesday the opening of an investigation after the death of several civilians in a series of bombings carried out in the east of the country as part of operations against jihadist groups operating in the area.
The Burkina Faso Armed Forces have indicated that on August 1 they carried out “actions” in the towns of Djamanga, Djabiga, Mandéni, Bounou, Obiagou and Pognoa-Sandoako against “terrorist groups responsible for numerous abuses”.
“During these operations, which made it possible to neutralize several dozen terrorists, the bombings unfortunately caused collateral victims among the civilian population,” they highlighted in a statement.
Thus, it has detailed that “civilians who were in the surroundings of a terrorist base on the axis between Kompienga and Pognoa were mortally wounded by the projectiles”, before adding that “an investigation was immediately opened to establish responsibilities”.
“The Chief of the Army General Staff presents his sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and affirms the commitment of the Armed Forces to fully collaborate with the competent services and the populations to clarify this unfortunate incident,” has riveted
Burkina Faso, led by a military junta since a January coup, has generally experienced a significant increase in insecurity since 2015, leading to a surge of internally displaced persons and refugees to other countries in the region.
The attacks, the work of both the affiliate of Al Qaeda and that of the Islamic State in the region, have also contributed to increasing inter-community violence and have caused self-defense groups to flourish, to which the Burkinabe government has added ‘volunteers ‘ to help in the fight against terrorism.