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Burkina Faso extends state of emergency by 12 months due to escalation of militant attacks

The parliament of Burkina Faso voted Thursday to extend the state of emergency in force since December 2018 in several provinces of this country, which is witnessing an escalation in armed attacks. Increasingly, according to American media.

On the night of the fourth to the fifth of June, armed men, including "young men between the ages of 12 and 14," according to government spokesman Osini Tempura, attacked the northeastern Solhan region, killing at least 132 people, according to the government, and 160, according to local sources.

This is the deadliest attack since the start of extremist armed operations in Burkina Faso in 2015.

Justice Minister Victoria Kipura defended the bill, saying that "the state of emergency has allowed the arrest of 800 people and trials will begin in the coming days."