Extremists kill 2 in Burkina Faso as schools targeted
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Jihadists on motorbikes killed two people including a school official early Friday in a village in Burkina Faso’s north and then went to other villages demanding that schools close, a provincial official said.
The attack in Kourfayl terrified teachers who gathered in the nearby provincial capital for safety, said High Commissioner of Soum province Mohamed Dah.
Jihadists had warned weeks ago of attacks if schools didn’t close or teach only the Quran.
“One has only to recognize that the Soum no longer belongs to us,” said Moussa Eric Ouedraogo, a teacher in the province.