Over 60 women, children freed in Burkina Faso after kidnapping

OUAGADOUGOU, 22 January 2023, (TON): Sixty-six women and children kidnapped by armed assailants in northern Burkina Faso last week have been freed, national broadcaster Radiodiffusion Télévision du Burkina said.

The mass kidnapping was unprecedented in Burkina Faso, which is facing a violent terrorist insurgency that spread from neighbouring Mali in 2015.

On January 12 and January 13, armed men seized the women and their children while they were scouring the bush for fruit and leaves outside two villages in the district of Arbinda, in the Sahel region’s Soum province.

Security forces staged a rescue operation and found 27 adult women and 39 babies, children and young girls in the adjacent Centre-North province.

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