A gaggle of ladies and women foraging for wild fruits have been kidnapped by armed males in separate incidents in Burkina Faso, the federal government mentioned Monday.

Round 50 ladies and women have been taken within the incidents which occurred on January 12 and 13 respectively, in response to a assertion by the governor of the nation’s Sahel area.

A number of the ladies and women have been kidnapped round 15 kilometers from the city of Arbinda, whereas the others have been taken from one other locality within the Soum province.

“Whereas out in quest of wild fruits, these wives, moms and daughters have been unjustly attacked by armed males,” the assertion mentioned. It added searches started as quickly because the disappearances have been reported, the assertion mentioned.

The Sahel area governor expressed his solidarity with the ladies’s households on behalf of the federal government, including authorities “stay dedicated to doing every thing attainable to convey the scenario to a profitable conclusion.”

France’s international ministry mentioned in a press release Monday it condemned the kidnappings “within the strongest attainable phrases,” and known as for the rapid launch of the ladies.

“France reaffirms its solidarity and dedication to Burkina Faso,” the assertion continued.

Burkina Faso, one of many world’s poorest nations, has been the epicenter of the violence that began in neighboring Mali in 2012 however has since unfold throughout the arid expanse of the Sahel area south of the Sahara Desert.

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