UN chief condemns Burkina Faso attacks

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The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the recent spate of violence in Burkina Faso, which has led to the death of at least 46 people.

On Monday, suspected extremists staged a deadly attack in the village of Yirgou, with reprisal attacks taking place the following day against local ethnic Fulani Muslim herding communities in the Barsalogo district.

Guterres expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished swift recoveries to those that were injured in the clashes.

“The Secretary-General is concerned over the deteriorating security situation in some parts of the country, where the authorities declared a state of emergency. He is also concerned about the inter-communal violence,” a statement issued on behalf of the UN chief read in part.

“The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to support Burkina Faso in its efforts to fight terrorism, sustain its security sector reforms, promote national reconciliation and create conditions for sustainable peace and development” the statement concluded.