More than 160 killed in deadliest attack of Burkina Faso’s war against djihadists

Burkinabé military training

The government of Burkina Faso has declared three days of mourning following an attack that left at least 160 people dead late last week in the northern village of Solhan.

The International Committee for the Red Cross, noting that local hospitals are overwhelmed, said it responded to a request for medical supplies in Dori, a town in northern Burkina Faso.

The attack happened overnight Friday on the village of Solhan, near the border with Niger, in the country’s Sahel region.

The extent of the massacre is not known because the number of dead and wounded continues to rise. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although analysts say it could be the work of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

The attack is the deadliest since the conflict between Burkina Faso and armed groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group began in 2015. This weekend’s violence follows a period of relative calm.

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