Two-days of mourning declared after terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has been targeted by jihadist attacks since 2015. (AFP)
Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore at a past event. (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Tuesday declared a 48-hour national mourning period on Wednesday and Thursday in memory of the 36 civilians killed in Monday’s terrorist attacks.

Heavily armed men stormed into the villages of Alamou and Nagraogo in the West African country’s central-north region on Monday, killing 36 civilians and setting fire to a local market.

Burkina Faso is faced with a worsening security situation in the northern regions where frequent militant attacks have sparked a wave of panic.

Since 2015, terrorist attacks in the country have killed over 700 people, including 200 soldiers, and displaced thousands of others.

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