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41 people killed in Burkina Faso attack

Forty-one people had been killed in an ambush carried out on Thursday by armed terrorist groups against a column of civilian fighters from the homeland defense volunteers (VDP), in Burkina Faso’s northern Lorum province, government spokesman Alkassoum Maiga announced Saturday in a statement.

According to the same source, the identification of the victims is still underway by the national gendarmerie.

The government strongly condemns this barbarity, and the president has decreed national mourning of forty-eight hours on Sunday and Monday.

Security in Burkina Faso has worsened since 2015, with terrorist attacks having killed more than 1,000 people and displaced over one million others in the West African nation.