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Dozens die in Burkina Faso attacks

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/26/19, 10:02 am

Insurgents on motorcycles rode into the town of Arbinda on Christmas Eve, killing at least 35 civilians in an hourslong attack. Security forces in the northern Soum province responded by killing at least 80 of the attackers. An ambush on Christmas Day left at least 11 soldiers in an army patrol dead in the same province.

Did Christmas gatherings go on as usual? Burkinabe President Roch Marc Christian Kabore canceled Christmas celebrations and declared two days of national mourning. No group claimed responsibility, but such violence is not uncommon in the country that has recorded an alarming rise in terror attacks in recent years.

Dig deeper: Read my report on how Christians in Burkina Faso continue to worship and pray amid the rising insurgency in the countrys north and east.


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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Thu, 12/26/2019 01:27 pm

    Burkina Faso?

    I've never heard of this place. Had to look it up on a map. 

    I only know about Nigeria because of my Aunt who was a missionary nurse there. We seem to hear a lot about Nigeria these days. I hope you live in a safe area, Onize.

     

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Fri, 12/27/2019 11:24 am

    I recently started supporting a boy through Compassion who lives here. I pray for his safety.

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Thu, 12/26/2019 01:27 pm

    With open borders in America, I expect we will soon hear about ISIS doing the same here.

    They took down the twin towers in NY just as easy as you please. 

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