The world is no stranger to terrorist attacks now. There have been many terrorist attacks in different parts of the world by now. Each country in the world struggles with its own form of terror today. The most recent example of a brutal terrorist attack is in Burkina Faso. On June 4, 2021, armed terrorists took control of a village in northeastern Burkina Faso. The attack that has claimed more than 100 lives now is the worst terrorist attack Burkina Faso has faced in recent years.
The attack took place in the Solhan village of Yaga province in jihadist controlled northeastern region. The small village of Solhan lies on the Burkina Faso- Niger border. It is, therefore, one of the most volatile regions of the country. Firstly, the attackers killed the residents of the village and then burnt down their homes too. Secondly, the attackers also burnt the village marketplace too. Moreover, more than 40 residents were wounded in the attack, further endangering civilian lives.
The Burkina Faso government has declared a 72 hour mourning period condemning the loss of lives and property. No particular terrorist group has till now taken responsibility for the incident. However, international and national organizations are trying to link the incident with infamous terrorist groups. Despite the presence of UN peacekeeping forces in the country, Burkina Faso still struggles with jihadist organization presence. The most recent attack is only one out of the many attacks that happen in the country periodically.
The violence in Burkina Faso has native residents leave the country. For example, more than 1.4 million people have left the country because of long-standing violence and conflict. Given the number of civilians that have been affected by terrorist activists, strong responses from different spheres of the world are coming in.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly expressed his outrage over the brutal massacre of civilians in Burkina Faso. The attack also took the lives of nearly seven children. Regardless to say, the recent terrorist attack is seen as a crime against humanity and peace. The Secretary-General has also called for support from the international community so that the West African country can save itself from further terrorist attacks. The United Nations Organization has expressed its solidarity with the Burkina Faso government in its journey towards peace and order in the region. Different African countries and other international powers have also condemned the incident.