Burkina Faso: fifty women kidnapped by jihadists

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Research is underway in Burkina Faso to find around fifty women kidnapped Thursday and Friday in the north of the country by suspected jihadists, the governor of the Sahel region announced in a statement on Monday.

“As soon as they were declared missing, searches were launched to find all of these innocent victims, secure and good,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Rodolphe Sorgho.

“All means are implemented, on the ground and air plan to find these women”, indicated to AFP a security source, ensuring that “aircraft fly over the area to detect any suspicious movement”.

About fifty women were kidnapped Thursday and Friday by suspected jihadists in two localities north and west of the town of Arbinda (north), said Mr. Sorgho. “While out in search of wild fruits, these wives, mothers, and daughters were unjustly attacked by armed men,” he added.

Burkina Faso, especially in its northern half, has been confronted since 2015 with increasing attacks by jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. They left thousands dead and at least two million displaced.

Maryam Lahbal

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