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Solhan and Tadaryat massacres

Insurgent attacks in Burkina Faso

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Solhan and Tadaryat massacres
Part of the Insurgency in the Maghreb and
terrorism in Burkina Faso
LocationSolhan and Tadaryat, Yagha Province, Burkina Faso
Coordinates13°22′35″N 00°27′28″E / 13.37639°N 0.45778°E / 13.37639; 0.45778Coordinates: 13°22′35″N 00°27′28″E / 13.37639°N 0.45778°E / 13.37639; 0.45778
Date4–5 June 2021
Deaths160 in Solhan
14 in Tadaryat
174 in total
PerpetratorUnknown

On 4 and 5 June 2021, insurgents attacked the Solhan and Tadaryat villages in the Yagha Province of Burkina Faso. The massacres left at least 174 people dead. Insurgents have been attacking the Sahel Region, along the border with Mali, since Islamists captured parts of Mali in 2013.[1]

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Attacks

In the evening of 4 June 2021, 13 civilians and a soldier were killed in an attack in the village of Tadaryat, located 150 km (93 mi) to the north of Solhan.[1] The attackers also raided the community's motorbikes and cattle.[2][3]

Hours later in the early morning of 5 June 2021, insurgents attacked Solhan village in Burkina Faso, killing at least 160 civilians, including 20 children, and wounding 40 others.[4][5][6][7] Around 2 am, the attackers, mounted on around 20 motorcycles, targeted first the Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland (VDP), an anti-jihadist civilian defense force, before they burned homes and a market.[7][8][9] A nearby mine was also attacked, Solhan being a centre for gold mining.[7] The attackers left around dawn, some three hours before police response forces arrived in the village.[7] Upon leaving the village the attackers left a number of improvised explosive devices on the roads leading into the village. These were disarmed by engineers from the Burkinabé army in the following days.[10]

The attacks are thought to have been the deadliest in Burkina Faso for five years.[6] Many of the survivors fled to Sebba, the capital of Yagha province, some 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Solhan.[11] The dead from Solhan have been buried in three mass graves by local residents.[4]

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Response

The government blamed terrorists for the attack; however no group has since claimed responsibility for the massacre.[12] The president, Roch Kaboré, issued a statement of condolences about the attack stating; "I bow before the memory of the hundreds of civilians killed in this barbaric attack and extend my condolences to the families of the victims."[2] Kaboré cancelled a planned trip to Lomé, Togo because of the incidents.[13]

A 72-hour period of national mourning was declared by the government.[14] Some women in the country planned to wear all white on 7 June 2021 as a mark of respect for those killed.[13] The Burkinabé National Police have redeployed units in response to the massacres and in anticipation of further attacks.[15]

António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, who have thousands of peacekeepers stationed in the country, stated that he was "outraged" by the attacks.[5] Pope Francis mentioned the Solhan massacre in his Angelus prayers and stated that Africa needs peace and not violence.[16]

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See also

References

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  10. ^ "Burkina Faso: Des engins explosifs étaient placés sur les voies d'accès à Solhan". L'Actualité du Burkina Faso 24h (in French). 2021-06-07. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
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  13. ^ a b "Drame de Solhan : Le génie de nos ancêtres aurait pu nous servir de rempart - leFaso.net". lefaso.net (in French). 6 June 2021. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
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  16. ^ "Burkina Faso, sale a 160 morti il bilancio del massacro nel villaggio di Solhan". RAI News (in Italian). 6 June 2021. Retrieved 7 June 2021.