Gunmen attack market in northern Burkina Faso, 10 killed
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s security minister says nearly a dozen gunmen opened fire on civilians at a Sunday market in the Soum province, killing at least 10 people.
Ousseni Compaore said Monday two others were injured in the attack on Sikire in the northern Sahel region that took place in the middle of the day while the market was full. He said investigations into the attack are ongoing.
Islamic extremists have increased attacks in the Sahel region, forcing Burkina Faso to declare a state of emergency there.
The extremist threat has also shifted from the northern Sahel region, home to radicalized local preacher Ibrahim Malam Dicko, into the forested east near the border with Niger.
Burkina Faso is part of a five-nation regional counterterror force, the G5 Sahel, launched in 2017.