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Suspected Jihadists stormed Burkina Faso capital, killed 10 civilians and abducted 4 others

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About 10 civilians were on Monday morning attacked and killed in northern Burkina Faso by suspected Jihadists in Ouagadougou capital of Burkina Faso.

Police said the attacks happened on Monday morning near the northern border with Niger.

“Around 10 civilians were executed” after armed men, likely belonging to the region’s Islamic State branch, attacked residents of Dambam heading to market, a military official said.

“were deployed in the area to reinforce security and search it because four other people” went missing heading to the market in Markoye, he said.

A local official said “terrorists set up a checkpoint on the road between Dambam and Markoye and intercepted all those heading to the market”.

He said the “four people who went missing were kidnapped by the jihadists” as the assailants targeted people on foot, motorcycles and other vehicles.

Another local official told AFP “most of the victims were murdered in a cowardly manner, their throats slit” and vehicles burned.

The attackers also looted properties, carried off livestock or kidnapped residents,” the official said.

Markoye is close to the so-called tri-border region of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger that have seen a surge of bloody jihadist attacks.

Host to one of the rare weekly markets in the region, people travel there to buy or sell their livestock on Mondays.

In August, 30 people — 15 soldiers, 11 civilians and four army irregulars — were killed during attacks against Dambam, Guevara and Tokabangou, all close to Markoye.

One of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso is struggling with an insurgency that swept in from neighbouring Mali in 2015.

Its armed forces are poorly trained and equipped against highly mobile jihadist units linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

The groups are adept at ambushing highway convoys, planting roadside bombs and carrying hit-and-run raids on remote villages.

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