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19 killed in Burkina Faso

An unidentified group killed 19 people and wounded 13 in and around the town, Arbinda in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, the government reports.

Reuters notes that over 150,000 have been forcibly displaced due to Islamist violence and hundreds of people have been killed in the last few months across the Shel region. 

In December, the government declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali. This was extended by six months after jihadists attacked civilians in Arbinda’s Soum province.

The government has responded to the latest attack by launching a search operation across the area targeted.

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