At least six people, mostly children, died and four others injured when an improvised explosive device went off in northern Burkina Faso on Saturday.
According to AFP, security sources and local officials on Sunday disclosed that the IED exploded as the group’s cart was passing late Saturday.
The victims were “nearly all children who were returning from grazing their livestock”, a local in Ouahigouya said. “The cart which carried some of them rolled over a mine.”
IED attacks have multiplied since 2018, killing nearly 200 military personnel and civilians, according to an AFP tally. Such attacks are often combined with an ambush.
Northern Burkina Faso is notorious for jihadist attacks which have killed more than 1,000 people there and displaced about a million more since 2015.