Armed militia kills a hundred civilians in Burkina Faso

An armed group has killed an estimated 100 civilians in Burkina Faso. The attack occurred at night in Solhan, near the eastern border with Niger. The attack has not yet been claimed.

The government of the African country says that the attack was committed by terrorists. In the region, the number of acts of terrorism committed by jihadist extremists has risen sharply this year, writes Reuters news agency.

National mourning

The village of Solhan, in the province of Yagha, has been severely affected by the night attack. Houses have been set on fire and a market has also gone up in flames, the government writes in a statement. The government has proclaimed a period of national mourning for 72 hours.

Over the past two years, over a million people in Burkina Faso have been fleeing from violence. Terror organisations such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State are active both here and in neighbouring countries Niger and Mali.