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Burkina Faso: Killings by the security forces in Po

, Index number: AFR 60/003/1995

Amnesty International is calling for an immediate investigation into the killing by the security forces of Akou Agoudwo, Adi Bagnion, Kossi Gouniabou, Akandoba Kibora and Kgoissan Kibora, known as Ziou, and two others (names unknown). They were among more than a hundred people arrested on 26 February 1995 in the village of Kaya, Nahouri province, Tiebele Department, following a confrontation between villagers and gendarmes. Most of those arrested were released on 5 March, although some showed signs of having been tortured and ill-treated, and one man, described as elderly, reportedly died in detention. Eleven others were released later. However there have been reports that the seven men named above were extrajudicially executed in early March 1995 and were buried secretly in a mass grave. It appears thay may have been killed in retaliation for the death of a gendarme in Kaya on 26 February 1995.

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