Jihadists massacre 86 in Seytenga town, UN mourns

Burkina Faso leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba in Seytenga

Burkina Faso leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba in Seytenga

By Cecilia Ologunagba/New York

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the massacre of 86 civilians by terrorists in the town of Seytenga of Burkina Faso.

The attack occurred on Saturday in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso.

It also resulted in the displacement of large numbers of people from their homes.

“The secretary-general expresses his sincere condolences to the bereaved families of the victims, as well as to the people of Burkina Faso,” his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement.

According to Dujarric, security in Burkina Faso has worsened since 2015 as attacks have killed more than 1,000 people and displaced more than 1.9 million others.

Guterres called on the Burkinabe authorities to spare no effort in identifying and bringing the perpetrators of the latest attack to justice.

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He reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support Burkina Faso in its efforts to end insecurity and foster social cohesion.

On Tuesday, the Burkinabe Government released a report, saying that at least 79 people died in an attack by suspected jihadists on Saturday night in the northern Burkina Faso town of Seytenga.

“Twenty-nine new bodies have been found.

“This figure is in addition to the fifty or so lifeless bodies already found, bringing the provisional death toll from the killings to 79,” the government said in a statement.

Later on Wednesday, government announced the recovery of seven more bodies, to send the casualties to 86.

On Monday evening Burkina Faso’s transitional president, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, declared a 72-hour national mourning period for the attack.

According to a presidential decree, the national mourning began Tuesday at midnight and will end at the same time on Thursday night in memory of the victims of the attack. (NAN)

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