At least 28 people, including soldiers and civilians, were killed in two attacks by armed assailants on Sunday and Monday in Burkina Faso, a regional governor and the army said in separate statements on Monday, Reuters reports.
The army said a combat unit in Falangoutou, in the north of the country near its border with Niger, came under attack and that 10 soldiers, two fighters of the volunteer force and a civilian were killed.
The governor said armed men stopped two transport vehicles carrying eight women and 16 men. The women and one man were freed, he said. "This January 30, the corpses of the victims, showing signs of bullet impact, were found near Linguekoro village," the governor said in the statement.
The West Africa Sahel state and its neighbours Mali and Niger are is battling insurgents linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State. The militants have occupied territory in the country's arid and mainly rural north, executing hundreds of villagers and displacing nearly 2 million more. They have blockaded towns and villages, worsening a food crisis.
Insecurity because of militant attacks contributed to political instability and two military two coups in the country in January and September 2022. Attacks by the militants have spread to the south, where they have also carried out cross-border raids in coastal states including Ivory Coast, Benin and Togo.