Islamic militants kidnap 50 women in northern Burkina Faso

Coastal region

The authorities in Burkina Faso have announced the disappearance of about 50 women in the north of the country, after they were kidnapped by suspected jihadists.

The kidnapping took place on Thursday and Friday in the Sahel region, but it took time for the news to come out due to a siege imposed by extremist Islamic groups on the region.

BBC Africa reporter Will Ross quoted the residents of Arbinda as saying that the women had gone out to gather wild vegetables and fruits due to an acute food shortage in the area.

Residents of the town said that Islamist militants had kidnapped 40 women on Thursday and another 20 on Friday. A few women managed to escape.

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