At least 30 people, including children, have been killed in an attack on the village of Kodil in Komandzari province after about 100 militants entered on motorcycles and trucks.
In eastern Burkina Faso, gunmen killed at least 30 people, insurgents set fire to villagers’ homes and opened fire as they tried to flee.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in the village of Kodil in the province of Komandzari, near the border with Niger, after fleeing the attack, government official Labidi Owaba told the Associated Press by phone.
Rebel fighters surrounded the village and set houses on fire, killing people, Ouba said.
“I rushed in because the terrorists usually look for the authorities. We all pray for peace to return to our country now. We are tired, ”he said.
Another resident, Medimpo Tandamba, who fled Monday’s attack, said about 100 fighters entered the city on motorcycles and pick-up trucks. Her brother’s four children have died.
“We’re very scared here today,” Tandamb said.
The attack came just a week after two Spanish journalists and an Irish conservationist were killed and a Burkina Faso soldier went missing when their anti-poaching patrol in the same area launched an attack. On the same day last week, 18 people were killed in the village of Yattaco in the Sahel region of the country.
Burkina Faso’s ailing armed forces have fought to control the spread of violence linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS (ISIS), which has killed thousands and displaced more than ten million people.
Last year the government enlisted the help of volunteer militias to help the army but the rebels had to take revenge by attacking those who helped them and the communities that helped them.
Heni Nasaibia, an analyst with the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, said the rebels killed civilians on Monday as the village provided fighters with volunteer programs.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Armed groups have created religious and ethnic tensions between farming and farming communities in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger to increase employment among marginalized populations.
UN agencies reported last week that growing violence in the greater Sahel region has led to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
Nineteen million people in the Sahel region need help and protection – the highest ever and five million more than last year, they said.