At Least 60 Civilians Killed in Burkina Faso Attack

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The Facts

  • Around 60 civilians were killed in the village of Karma in northern Burkina Faso near the border with Mali, a local prosecutor said on Sunday, citing police sources.

  • Prosecutor Lamine Kabore reported that the attack in the northern Yatenga province occurred this past Thursday and was perpetrated by armed men in uniforms of the country's armed forces, adding that the attackers took "various goods."

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

The latest attack is a sad setback for Burkina Faso in its ongoing fight against terrorism. However, this doesn't change the fact that the government is on the right track after throwing out the French — who have been chronically unsuccessful in fighting jihadism for years while pursuing their neocolonial interests. Only a sovereign and truly independent Burkina Faso in a multipolar world will ultimately bring lasting security and peace to its people.

Pro-establishment narrative

The jihadist attack is another indication that the security situation in Burkina Faso continues to deteriorate after the military junta forced France to leave. If the regime now turns to the Kremlin and its notorious Wagner mercenaries, it is safe to assume that the country's security will continue to deteriorate and serious human rights violations will become more common. The junta has only itself to blame for Burkina Faso's increasing destabilization.

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