June 7, 2021
Suspected jihadists have massacred at least 138 civilians in Burkina Faso’s volatile north in the deadliest attacks since Islamist violence erupted in the West African country in 2015. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore denounced an attack near the borders with Mali and Niger, where jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have been targeting civilians and soldiers.Declaring three days of national mourning, ending Monday night at 11:59 pm, the government stated that “terrorists,” a term for jihadists, killed civilians of all ages and set fire to homes and the main market. A security source lamented “the heavy human toll, the worst recorded to date,” while warning it could still increase. Meanwhile, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres’ spokesman said that he was “outraged” over the massacre.