Thirteen people were killed on 2 January in a suspected jihadist raid on Yirgou village near Barsalogho in Burkina Faso’s central Sanmatenga province.
Members of the majority Mossi community subsequently attacked ethnic Peuls, accusing them of complicity with the jihadists. The attack follows President Roch Kaboré’s 31 January declaration of a state of emergency in several provinces across Burkina Faso aimed at combating the spread of terrorism. Originally concentrated in the northern province of Soum bordering Mali, in August 2018 jihadist attacks spread to the east and since December to the northwest Sourou province. Regions affected by the state of emergency include Hauts-Bassins, Boucle du Mouhoun, Centre-est, Est, Nord, and Sahel.
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