CRIME

Improvised Explosive Device Kills Children in Burkina Faso

Not less than 6 people were killed, when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Burkina Faso.

Most of those killed were children, reports have confirmed on Sunday. Others were also left injured.

The attacks took place in Northern Burkina Faso, which is notorious for jihadist attacks which have killed more than 1,000 people there and displaced about a million more since 2015.

Jihadist group.

The victims were, “nearly all children who were returning from grazing their livestock”, a local in Ouahigouya said. “The cart which carried some of them rolled over a mine.”

IED attacks have multiplied since 2018, killing nearly 200 military personnel and civilians, according to an AFP tally. Such attacks are often combined with an ambush.

Jihadist violence, which is often accompanied by inter-community strife, has killed more than 4,000 people in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, according to United Nations figures.

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