In the morning of yesterday, Wednesday, 9th June 2021, the President of the Republic of Ghana in his capacity as Chair of the ECOWAS Authority, paid a brief visit to Ouagadougou to sympathize with the President, Government and people of Burkina Faso, following last Saturday’s terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of more than 160 persons. The fight against terrorism and violent extremism is a collective one, and I assured President Kabore and the people of Burkina Faso of the support of the countries of ECOWAS towards ridding our region of this menace.
The government of Burkina Faso has declared three days of mourning following an attack that left at least 160 people dead late last week in the northern village of Solhan. The International Committee for the Red Cross, noting that local hospitals are overwhelmed, said it responded Sunday morning to a request for medical supplies in Dori, a town in northern Burkina Faso.
The attack happened overnight Friday on the village of Solhan, located in Yagha province, near the border with Niger, in the country’s Sahel region. The extent of the carnage is not known because the number of dead and injured continues to rise. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although analysts say it could be the work of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. The attack is the deadliest since the conflict between Burkina Faso and armed groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group began in 2015. This weekend’s violence follows a period of relative calm.
Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso and the administrative, communications, cultural, and economic centre of the nation. It is also the country’s largest city, with a population of 2,453,496 in 2019. The city’s name is often shortened to Ouaga. The inhabitants are called ouagalais.
President Nana Addo visited the president of Burkina Faso to sympathize with them. The Chair of the ECOWAS went to the country b