Attack By Al-Qaida-Linked Terrorists

November 29, 2023

Deliberately targeting civilians or individuals not taking direct part in hostilities constitutes a war crime.

United Nations Human Rights Office spokesperson Seif Magango in a statement on an attack by al-Qaeda-linked rebels who killed at least 40 civilians as the fighters tried to take over a town in northern Burkina Faso, according to the UN rights office.

Why It Matters: Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa, has faced heightened instability in recent years as jihadi groups – with ties to U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization al-Qaeda – seek increased power. Thousands of people have been killed, and more than two million have been displaced. The Associated Press describes the most recent attack by U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization JNIM – which the UN rights office says killed at least 40 civilians and injured more than 42 – as “one of the largest clashes in recent years.” The UN rights office deemed the attack a war crime.

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At least 40 civilians killed by al-Qaida-linked rebels in a Burkina Faso town, UN rights office says (The Associated Press)

Burkina Faso’s state media says hundreds of rebels have been killed trying to seize vulnerable town (The Associated Press)

Comment by UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Seif Magango after at least 40 civilians killed by JNIM in Burkina Faso (United Nations)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas