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Iran Condemns Terrorist Attack in Burkina Faso

The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned a recent terrorist attack in northern Burkina Faso that has killed about 100 civilians.

In a statement on Sunday, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh expressed Iran’s deep regret and sorrow over the deaths of more than 100 Burkinabe people in a terrorist attack along the country’s border with Mali and Niger.

The spokesman condemned the attack, offering sympathy to the government and nation of Burkina Faso and the victims’ families.

He also expressed Tehran’s preparedness to share its experiences in the fight against terrorism with the African countries, including Burkina Faso.

Armed assailants have killed about 100 civilians in an overnight attack on a village in northern Burkina Faso in the deadliest assault to hit the conflict-hit country in years.

The attackers struck during the night on Friday, killing residents of the village of Solhan in Yagha province bordering Niger. The local market and several homes were also burned down in the area towards the border of Niger.

Some 1.2 million people in Burkina Faso have been forced to flee their homes because of the long-running conflict, as armed groups with links to al-Qaeda and ISIL step up attacks on the army and civilians despite the presence of thousands of French troops and other international and regional forces across the Sahel.

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