Not less than 43 people were killed by Unidentified gunmen in an attack on villages in northern Burkina Faso in one of the deadliest attacks of the past year in the West African nation.
The government in a statement on Monday said The assailants targeted at least two villages in the northern region near the border with Mali.
The statement further said “On Sunday, attacks were carried out on the villages of Dinguila and Barga in Yatenga province. The provisional toll is 43 victims,” it said.
The military was dispatched to secure the villages and at least six wounded victims were taken to the central hospital in nearby Ouahigouya, it added.
The statement did not blame any group and no claim was immediately made for the raids.
The villages attacked are known to be populated by ethnic Fulani herdsmen, who have been targeted by local defence groups and the army for their alleged affiliation with armed groups.
Burkina Faso has battled against fighters with links to al-Qaeda and the ISIL (ISIS) group since 2015, but the conflict has also provoked attacks on Fulani herders who other communities accuse of supporting fighters.
More than 800 people in Burkina Faso have been killed since 2015.
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