IED Kills At Least 35 Civilians, Dozens More Injured, in Suspected Terror Attack In Burkina Faso, West Africa

At least 35 people were killed and dozens more injured in a roadside bomb attack in northern Burkina Faso, West Africa.  Although no one has taken responsibility for the deadly attack, terrorists tied to al-Qaida and the Islamic State are suspected.

According to the BBC, the victims were mainly traders who were going to buy supplies in the capital  and students returning ahead of the start of the new term.

This is the fifth explosion in the province since August.

In January, CNN reported on the military coup in Burkina Faso that toppled a democratically elected government asserting that the military takeover would better protect the country from increasing terrorist attacks.

AP reports: 

A suspected jihadi roadside bomb has hit a convoy in northern Burkina Faso, killing at least 35 people and injuring dozens more.

The supply convoy escorted by the army was hit Monday while driving between Bourzanga and Djibo towns with one of the vehicles carrying civilians, the governor of Sahel region, Lt. Col. Rodolphe Sorgho, said in a statement.

The wounded have been evacuated and the area of the explosion has been secured, he said.

Although no group immediately claimed responsibility for the bomb, it is suspected to be by Islamic extremist rebels. Burkina Faso has been ravaged by violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group in which thousands have been killed.

This is the fifth explosion in Soum province since August, particularly around Djibo, which has been under siege by jihadis for months, according to an internal security report for aid workers seen by The Associated Press.


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