44 civilians were killed in an attack on two villages in Burkina Faso

On Saturday, the Burkina Faso government announced that at least 44 people had been killed in attacks carried out by what it described as extremist militants in the north of the country.

"The initial outcome of this despicable and barbaric attack," which targeted the villages of Korakou and Tondobe, said the region's governor, Lieutenant Colonel Radolph Surgo, "indicates that 44 civilians were killed and wounded." He explained that the dead are 31 people in Curaco and 13 in Tondobe.

He added that the government is working to achieve stability in the region, calling on citizens to remain calm.

A resident of Curacao told AFP that "a large number of terrorists attacked" the village late Thursday afternoon. "All night we heard gunshots. On Friday morning we found dozens of dead people," he added.

Since 2015, armed groups have been targeting the north and east of Burkina Faso, killing hundreds of people and displacing nearly a million others.

Burkina Faso is going through a transitional period after two coups in one year under the pretext of increasing and uncontrolled insecurity due to armed attacks.

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