Twelve people arrested on suspicion of terror offences are found dead in their police cells in Burkina Faso.
The prosecutor for the town of Fada N’Gourma said 25 people had been detained overnight on Monday, and “unfortunately, 12 of them have died during the course of the night in the cells they were being held in”.
The explanation for death is currently unknown. Security sources told AFP press agency it’s going to are asphyxiation.
An investigation has been launched.
In a similar episode in July 2019, 11 people accused of drug traffic were found dead during a cell belonging to the national police’s drugs squad.
It comes but a month after Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it believed Burkina Faso security forces had executed 31 unarmed men within the northern town of Djibo, a couple of hours after arresting them during a counter-terror operation.
Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa , is fighting Islamist insurgents with ties to al-Qaeda and therefore the Islamic State group.
More than 300 civilians are killed by militants, consistent with HRW, while the govt has killed several hundred for allegedly supporting them.
Most of the 12 dead men were ethnic Fulas, a gaggle often accused of jihadist links, AFP reports. Burkina Faso’s security forces are repeatedly accused of mistreating them.
A local human rights organisation said a Fula teacher accused of getting terrorist associations was found dead during a police headquarters in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso , on 2 May.
Source: bbc news