KIGALI, Rwanda 

More than 4,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day in Burkina Faso amid rising attacks on civilians by extremist groups, the UN Refugee Agency said on Friday.

“In Burkina Faso, the latest attacks by militants on civilians and local authorities have been forcing a daily average of more than 4,000 people to flee their homes and search for safety since Jan. 1,” the UNHCR said in a statement.

So far, 765,000 people have already been displaced, it added.

“People fleeing the violence report attacks on their villages by militant groups, killing, raping, pillaging. Terrified of

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