The infants are among 60 people kidnapped last week

The infants are among 60 people kidnapped last week

The public prosecutor in Djibou (North) said Thursday that the infants are among the 60 people who were kidnapped last week in northern Burkina Faso by suspected jihadists, and announced today, Thursday, the opening of an investigation.

“On January 14, judicial police officers reported to my public prosecutor’s office the case of abduction of about sixty women and infants by unknown armed men near the town of Arbinda (North),” the public prosecutor wrote in a press release. The previous assessment reported that fifty women had been abducted.

Open the investigation “immediately”

He explained that “these kidnappings were carried out on January 12 and 13, respectively, in the villages of Lekki-Bukuma with about forty victims, and Sereni with about twenty victims.”

“The victims were looking for edible wild leaves and fruits when they were caught and taken to the localities of Jasliky and Gurgel,” the statement stated. prosecutor which specified that an “investigation was immediately launched in order to identify and apprehend the perpetrators”.

Jihad siege

Arbinda is located in the Sahel region, a sub-region siege From the jihadist groups, with the difficulty of supplying them with food, which leads the population to search for food outside the villages. And Monday is a provincial governor the coastLieutenant Colonel Rudolph Surgo had indicated that research is underway to find these kidnapped persons in the north of the country.

A security source added to Agence France-Presse that “all means are being implemented, on the ground and an air plan, to find these women,” stressing that “planes are flying over the area to detect any suspicious movement.” the Burkina FasoEspecially in the northern half of it, since 2015 it has been facing attacks by groups Jihadists associated with Al-Qaeda And the Islamic state that multiplies. They have left thousands dead and at least two million displaced.

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