Over half of Burkina Faso’s 49 gendarmes killed in a recent strike on a security outpost were buried on Tuesday in a mass ceremony, even as 20 more military police and civilians were reported killed in a separate attack.
Around 30 coffins each wrapped in a Burkinabe flag were delivered by flat-bed trucks to a cemetery in the capital Ouagadougou for a mass funeral.
The intensifying bloodshed rate has triggered protests and calls for President Roch Kabore to resign over the authorities’ failure to curtail a four-year Islamist insurgency.
The November 14 attack near the northern Burkinabe town of Inata was the worst loss suffered by state security forces in recent years.
The gendarmes before the attack ran out of food and had been forced to scavenge and hunt near the outpost, reports said. This fueled additional resentment from citizens.