New York, Dec 26 (GCCurrentAffairs) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday ‘strongly condemned’ the attack conducted by unidentified gunmen on December 24, in northern Burkina Faso that claimed lives of 35 civilians.
“The Secretary General expresses his deep condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured”, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General said in a statement.
Mr Guterres conveyed the solidarity of the United Nations to the Government and people of Burkina Faso and reiterated the continued support of United Nations to the Governments of Burkina Faso and the other countries of the Sahel region in their efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism.
At least 35 civilians, mainly women, were killed as a result of a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso’s northern province of Soum, Country President Roch Marc had said in a statement on Wednesday.
While responding to the attack, the military managed to neutralize 80 militants and seize important military equipment and vehicles.
Burkina Faso has been suffering from activities of Islamist groups linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State terrorist organizations since 2016.