At least 15 people have been killed in an attack by an unidentified group of assailants on a convoy transporting traders in a village in the north of Burkina Faso, the government has said.
Burkina Faso has been battling several armed groups with close links to al-Qaeda and ISIL since 2017.
“The provisional toll mentions 15 dead, wounded and people missing as well as significant material damage,” communications minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou said following the attack in Loroum province.
On 28 May, Burkina Faso’s armed forces said troops destroyed a rebel base in another province in the north of the country. According to sources at least 10 assailants and a soldier were killed in action during the operation.