Burkina Faso: 50 Women Abducted By Suspected Rebels

Burkina Faso has been struggling to contain violence by armed groups with links to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS) since 2015.

Gunmen abducted some 50 women in Burkina Faso’s northern province of Soum on January 12 and 13, the government says.

Armed men seized the women as they were picking wild fruit outside the village of Liki, about 15 kilometers (9.32 miles) from the town of Aribinda, and in another district west of the town.

“Searching has started with the aim of finding all these innocent victims safe and sound,” the government statement on Monday said.

According to local officials, the army and its civilian auxiliaries have carried out unsuccessful sweeps of the area.


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