Militants target Burkina Faso market, auxiliary convoy in separate, deadly attacks

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Burkina Faso militants attacked a livestock market and a humanitarian convoy, killing at least 35 people, the government said on Sunday.

The recent violence highlights deep instability in parts of Burkina Faso, which has been fighting armed groups with links to al Qaeda and the Islamic State since 2017.

Twenty-five people were killed and more wounded in the attack on the market in the eastern village of Kompienga, while five civilian and five military police officers were killed near the northern village of Foube, the government said in a statement.

Armed groups “targeted a humanitarian convoy returning from Foube after delivering supplies,” it said.

Another 20 people were injured in the convoy attack, it was said.

No group has taken responsibility.

Hundreds have been killed over the past year in the Sahel nation, and more than half a million people have fled their homes because of the violence, which has also fueled ethnic and religious tensions.

The bloodshed follows the deaths of at least 15 people on Friday in an attack on a convoy that transported traders in northern Burkina Faso.

(Reuters)

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