Over 170 People ‘Executed’ In Attacks On Three Villages In Burkina Faso, Says Prosecutor

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People gather at Nation square to support military in Ouagadougou on January 23, 2022. - Gunfire broke out at several army barracks in Burkina Faso on Sunday, prompting the government to deny that the military had seized control of the notoriously volatile Sahel state. "Since 1 am, gunfire has been heard here in Gounghin coming from the Sangoule Lamizana camp," a soldier in a district on the western suburbs of the capital Ouagadougou said. (Photo by OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT / AFP)

A regional prosecutor has said around 170 people were “executed” in attacks on three villages in northern Burkina Faso a week ago.

In a statement dated March 1 and seen on Sunday, the prosecutor said the attacks by unknown assailants were carried out on the villages of Komsilga, Nodin and Soro in the Yatenga province, adding that an investigation had been launched.

The West African Sahel nation has been struggling to contain violent Islamist insurgencies linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State that have spread from neighbouring Mali over the past decade, killing thousands and displacing more than two million.