Suspected jihadists have killed around 30 people in eastern Burkina Faso, security sources in the country have said.
A large group of armed men attacked the village of Kodyel in Komanjari province early Monday morning, a local official said.
If the estimates of the number of fatalities are correct, it would make the attack one of the deadliest in Burkina Faso’s history.
Islamist attacks are increasingly common in the country, especially in the border regions of Niger and Mali.
The massacre comes just a week after two Spanish journalists and an Irish national, who were part of an anti-poaching patrol, were killed in this West African country.
Around 20 people were reportedly injured in Monday’s attack.
“It happened early this morning while some people were still at home,” an official from a local vigilante group told AFP news agency.
“Dozens of men broke into the village and set houses on fire, while others watched and shot people indiscriminately.”
Another militiaman estimated “about thirty dead, men and women”, adding that “the toll remains provisional, because everyone has fled the village”.
Activists reportedly targeted the village, whose inhabitants were mainly from the Gurma community, because the inhabitants had joined the militia.
The West African country faces a deepening security crisis, like many of its neighbors, as Islamist armed groups carry out raids and kidnappings across much of the region.
The semi-arid region, known as the Sahel, has been hit by an insurgency since militants captured large parts of northern Mali in 2012 and 2013.
France and other foreign allies deployed troops to the area but failed to end the insurgency.
The conflict has displaced nearly three million people.
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