At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday, 1 January 2019, in Yirgou-Foulbè, a town located in the north-central region, over 100 km north from the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou.
The killings followed intertribal clashes between armed individuals, several radio stations based in Ouagadougou announced on Wednesday, 2 January 2019.
According to Radio Omega, “the murder of six people in the village by armed individuals led to reprisals against the Peuhl community by the population, resulting in at least seven deaths.”
The governor of the Centre-North region, Nandy Somé-Diallo, reacting on national radio, urged the population to exercise restraint.
She said investigations are underway to clarify the situation.
For the past three years, Burkina Faso has faced repeated terrorist attacks, resulting in numerous casualties among civilians and the Defence and Security Forces (DSF).
In a bid to resolve the crisis, an extraordinary cabinet meeting introduced a state of emergency in six of the country’s 13 regions.