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HRW: Burkina Faso's army massacred over 200 civilians, including babies

HRW: Burkina Faso's army massacred over 200 civilians, including babies

Military forces in Burkina Faso have killed 223 civilians, including infants and children, in attacks on two villages they have accused of collaborating with militants, Human Rights Watch said in a report.

The mass killings took place on February 25 in the villages of Nondin and Soro, and involved 56 children, the report said. The human rights organization called on the UN to send investigators and support efforts to bring those responsible to justice.

"International assistance is essential to support a credible investigation into possible crimes against humanity," said the organization's executive director, Tirana Hassan.

The once-peaceful country has been wracked by violence that has pitted jihadists linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group against state-backed forces, the AP reported. Both sides have targeted civilians caught in the middle, displacing more than 2 million people, more than half of whom are children. Most attacks go unpunished and unreported.