By Michel Biem Tong, Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso, Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
A woman and her baby have been killed by an Improvised Explosive Device – IED, in Paladoubé, in the province of Gourma, East of Burkina Faso, Monday, January 13, 2020, local sources have told National Telegraph.
Sources contacted by National Telegraph also spoke of another injured child. According to the said sources, the victims were members of the same family and were in a cart at the time of the explosion of a bomb posed by unknown persons.
National Telegraph has also learned from well-informed local sources that this is a reprisal against the head of the family, who is accused by the terrorists of collaborating with the military.
Ngourma province has been subject to several terrorist attacks in recent months. A convoy of a Canadian Mining Company SEMAFO on November 6, 2019, was attacked by jihadists on the road connecting Fada and Boungou. The attack left 37 dead and 60 injured.
Fourteen civilians, mostly schoolchildren, were also recently killed when a roadside bomb blew up their bus in northwestern Burkina Faso in Sourou province near the Mali border. The children were returning to school after the holidays. Four people were also seriously hurt in the blast.
Human Rights Watch said Monday, January 6, 2020, armed Islamist groups in the West African country of Burkina Faso have committed targeted attacks and summary executions that have killed over 250 civilians since April 2019.