BURKINA FASO – Islamic radicals kill 250 civilians; human rights group details attacks on Christians

Christian Post | Samuel Smith | Jan. 7, 2020

Burkina Faso Christian Church at Tibin village near Ziniaré in the province of Oubritenga, Burkina Faso, on October 9, 2013. | Wikimedia Commons/Martin Grandjean

Islamic extremist groups in Burkina Faso killed at least 250 civilians since last April, according to a new report released by a human rights watchdog group that also sheds more details surrounding attacks against churches and worshiping Christians.

On Monday, the nongovernmental organization Human Rights Watch released a new report highlighting the escalation of extremism in the West African country in which one of the “fastest-growing displacement crises” on the continent is developing as hundreds of thousands fled for their lives last year. 

The report is based on interviews with dozens of victims and witnesses of abuses that took place between April and December of last year. The report documents at least 256 civilians murdered in 20 attacks since April 2019. 

The al-Qaeda-aligned groups responsible for such attacks, HRW reports, formed in neighboring Mali and have since spread to Burkina Faso. Those groups include Ansaroul Islam and the Islamic State in Greater Sahara. 


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