At least 12 civilians killed, 6 injured in Burkina Faso attack
Eyewitnesses say several dozen men on motorbikes attacked the village of Sanakadougou in Kossi province overnight killing at least 12 people.
At least 12 civilians were killed and six were injured in an attack by suspected militants in northwestern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali, locals told AFP on Sunday.
"Several dozen men on motorbikes attacked the village of Sanakadougou" in Kossi province overnight Thursday and Friday, a resident told AFP, requesting anonymity.
Residents said at least 12 people were killed and six were wounded, but it was feared the toll could be higher.
"Almost the entire village was burnt down," one witness said, adding that locals had started leaving the area on Friday.
"(Villagers) could not take anything because the attackers set fire to everything or looted and carried away the rare goods and livestock," he added.
There were also reports of another attack by armed groups on the neighboring town of Yaran on Sunday morning.
Deadly ambushes attributed to militants have multiplied in recent weeks in Burkina.
This week, about 40 people, civilians or soldiers, died in various attacks while the previous week 50 were killed in several raids.
One of the world's poorest nations, Burkina Faso has been rocked by a militants insurgency that spilled over from neighboring Mali in 2015.
Thousands have been killed, more than two million people have fled their homes, and around 40% of the country lies outside government control.
Anger within the military at the mounting toll sparked two coups last year. In late January, Burkina Faso's ruling junta asked French forces to leave the country by the end of the month.
In accordance with a 2018 agreement, France has 400 special forces troops stationed in Burkina Faso to allegedly combat militants insurgency, but ties have soured in recent months as Paris was accused by the West African country that its mission had failed.
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