“The tragedy that took place in Burkina Faso on the night of June 4-5 has led to an unspeakable carnage of unprecedented savagery,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told the National Assembly. .
“These are innocent victims of a terrorist cowardice,” added the head of French diplomacy who is expected in Ouagadougou on Friday, while stressing that its perpetrators were not yet identified.
Some 7,000 families fled their homes after the attack on the village of Solhan (northeast), in a border region with Mali and Niger, which officially left 132 dead, according to the Burkinabé government.
Local sources said for their part that 160 people were killed in this attack considered the deadliest carried out by suspected jihadists in Burkina since 2015.
“We are continuing military operations right now in the + three borders zone + in close coordination with partner armies, with the G5 Sahel force and obviously with (the French force) Barkhane”, noted Jean-Yves Le Drian. .
“But what this dramatic event shows us is that military actions will not be enough (..) if States do not reconquer their own territory”, he also underlined.
Burkina Faso is facing, like its neighbors in Mali and Niger, increasingly frequent and deadly jihadist attacks.
The security forces are struggling to stem the spiral of jihadist violence which has left more than 1,400 dead and more than a million displaced since 2015.
On the Malian side, Barkhane suspended its joint operations with the Malian forces pending guarantees on the political transition after the new coup at the end of May by Colonel Assimi Goïta.