Gunmen killed at least 160 people in an attack in Burkina Faso’s violence-ridden north on Friday night, the government said.
The gunmen attacked the village of Solhan in Yagha province, which borders Niger. They burned homes and the village market. This is the deadliest attack in Burkina Faso in years.
While no one has yet claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, local officials and government spokesman Ousseni Tamboura are blaming the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS).
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “outraged” by the killings and offered the UN’s “full support.” He condemned “the heinous attack” and called on countries to step up the fight against “violent extremism.”
The UN “strongly condemns the heinous attack and underscores the urgent need for the international community to redouble support to the Member States in the fight against violent extremism and its unacceptable human toll,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a released statement.
Burkina Faso Struggles to Contain Islamic Attacks
Local hospitals are overwhelmed and are urgently requesting medical aid. Because of the sheer number of wounded, the death toll continues to rise.