Nine people were killed in the night of 14-15 September in several localities in the eastern region of Burkina Faso. In recent weeks, this region is the subject of recurrent attacks, but so far they were aimed at the defense and security forces.

This double attack “perpetrated against populations cost the lives of eight people”.

According to a security source, joined by AFP from Ouagadougou, “the first attack targeted a religious leader and his co-religionists. Five people including the religious leader were killed.

The attack targeted the home of the religious leader, who is home to a mosque, and also wounded three, the source said.

“In the village of Kompienbiga, three people from the same family were also shot dead and two others wounded by another group of alleged jihadists on motorcycles,” added another source, on condition of anonymity. .

“It is not excluded that these are targeted attacks, but it is still necessary to determine the reasons for such acts on populations,” she said.

In mid-August, seven members of Burkinabè law enforcement were killed in the explosion of an artisanal craft, fifteen days after the death of six people in similar circumstances in the same region of the East.

Their vehicle jumped about thirty kilometers from Fada N’Gourma (chief town of the Eastern region) on an improvised explosive device, just as they were going to Pama in an emergency (100 km from Fada N’Gourma). ), whose gendarmerie post had just been attacked by armed men.

This toll is the heaviest in the Eastern region, and is the second biggest loss in the national armed forces in an attack, after that of Nassoumbou (north) in December 2016 that had left 12 dead and traumatized the country. .

On September 8, the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré , pledged new “security measures” to “eradicate the scourge of terrorism,” after a series of attacks in the east of the country, which killed about 20 people in a month.

The capital, Ouagadougou, was hit by three attacks in two years , which totaled nearly 60 deaths. The last, particularly spectacular, occurred in March, targeting the staff of the armies and the embassy of France.