The latest data show that Burkina Faso has had the bloodiest attack in six years. The scene of the jihadist violence has killed 160 people, which proves that the country and its neighbors in the Sahel are falling into the abyss.
The death toll in a suspected attack by jihadists in Sol Khan in a rural area in northeastern Burkina Friday night has been steadily rising. According to local sources, it climbed from 100 to 138 initially, and then to 160.
“Yesterday, 160 bodies, including about 20 children, were buried in three mass graves,” said a representative from the district.
He added that despite the announcement of military operations, the situation in the area is still unstable and residents are still fleeing Solhan to nearby Sebba and Dora.
“Many people lost everything in the fire that destroyed their houses and property,” he said.
Burkina Faso was free from violence during the term of Blaise Compaore (1987-2014), accused of negotiating with jihadist groups to save the country, and has been a victim of violent conflict since 2015 At that time, at least 1,400 people were killed and one million displaced.
The new President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who replaced Compaore in 2015, made terrorism a priority and re-elected in 2020, mainly due to a promise to restore peace in the country.
Pope Francis said he is praying for the victims of the Sol Khan massacre.
“Africa needs peace, not violence,” the pope said. The EU also condemned these cowardly and barbaric attacks and called for “every effort to hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions.”