The incident happened in South Africa and The prosecutor for the town of Fada N’Gourma said 25 people had been detained overnight on this previous Monday, and he also added that among those 25 people, unfortunately, 12 of them have died during the course of the night in the cells they were being held in.
The cause of death is currently unknown or many of the reports say that the cause is known but the officers are not revealing it due to the fear of unnecessary chaos. Security sources told AFP news agency it may have been asphyxiation or maybe the condition of those 12 people was not well enough to survive the night.
An investigation has been launched immediately to know the cause of death because such instant death can be fatal to the people held hostage in the future.
In a similar episode in July 2019, 11 people accused of drug trafficking in Africa were found dead in a cell belonging to the national police’s drug squad and the cause of their death is also still unknown. Maybe if the prosecutors were wise enough to determine the cause of their death than these 12 people would have been saved in Africa.
It comes less than a month after Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that they believed Burkina Faso security forces had executed 31 unarmed men in the northern town of Djibo, a few hours after arresting them in a counter-terror operation which is also a point to be noted.
Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa, is fighting Islamist insurgents with ties to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.