Burkina Faso: Muslim murder at least 35 civilians, mostly women, in jihad attack on town

Friday, December 27, 2019
By Paul Martin

DEC 26, 2019

Will the Islamophobia never end?

“Militants in Burkina Faso Kill 35 Civilians in Attack on Town,” VOA News, December 24, 2019:

Officials in Burkina Faso say soldiers killed 80 Islamic militants who launched simultaneous attacks on a military post and the northern town of Arbinda Tuesday.

The militants killed at least 35 civilians, mostly women, before they were beaten back. Seven soldiers were also killed.

President Roch Marc Kabore has declared two days of national mourning. His government calls the militants cowards.

Burkinabe forces used fighter jets against the Islamists during the fight near the border with Mali, lasting several hours.

Islamic militants in Mali, under pressure from French forces, have spilled across the border into Burkina Faso, killing hundreds of people and sending thousands fleeing from their homes. The militants frequently use hit-and-run attacks on motorcycles.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reports the Trump administration is considering a complete pullout of U.S. forces from West Africa as part of a global reshuffling of American troops across the globe.

“We’ve begin a review process where I’m looking at every theater, understanding what the requirements are that we set out for, making sure we’re as efficient as possible with our forces,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said earlier this month.

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