According to recent reports, at least 15 people were killed in Burkina Faso on March 6, 2023, when an armed group attacked a market in the village of Kain near the border with Mali. The attackers reportedly arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on civilians in the market, leaving many injured in addition to those killed. The identities of the attackers and their motives are not yet clear, but it is believed that the attack was carried out by an Islamist extremist group that has been active in the region.
Burkina Faso has been facing a growing threat from terrorist groups in recent years, with attacks on civilians and security forces becoming more frequent. The country’s government has struggled to contain the violence, which has displaced thousands of people and disrupted economic activity in many parts of the country. The international community has been providing support to Burkina Faso to combat terrorism, but the situation remains challenging.
The attack in Kain is just the latest incident in a series of violent attacks in Burkina Faso, and it highlights the ongoing security challenges that the country is facing. The government has condemned the attack and promised to take measures to ensure the safety of its citizens. The international community has also expressed solidarity with Burkina Faso and reiterated its support in the fight against terrorism.
The attack was confirmed by a security source, who did not disclose the exact number of casualties.
Eyewitnesses reported that the attackers targeted a group of young people who were gathered at an informal restaurant, opening fire and killing seven people on the spot. Three others died in their homes after being hit by stray bullets, and two more people later died from their injuries. Another resident claimed that the death toll had risen to 14.
The source stated that the attackers had previously warned the youths not to gather at the restaurant and had made incursions into the village before. Security forces confirmed the attack and stated that they were currently undertaking operations against the assailants.