OUAGADOUGOU, 7 January 2021 – Six people have been confirmed killed in an attack in the northern region of Burkina Faso by suspected jihadists.
Local officials confirmed the death toll Wednesday.
They identified two of the victims and the three others injured as members of the Burkinabe civilian volunteer force.
The force is known officially as the Volunteer Force for the Defense of the Fatherland.
It was set up a year ago to bolster efforts by vigilante groups to counter jihadists operating in the volatile northern and eastern regions of the country.
The attackers raided the village of Loumbila located near the border with Mal.
Burkina Faso is on the frontline of a jihadist insurgency that has killed hundreds of people across the Sahel region of Africa.
No fewer than 750 people have been killed in Burkina Faso and about 600,000 people have been forced from their homes since 2015.
Christians in the northern regions of the country have been frequently targeted and killed by the Muslim-dominated groups.
Last October 16, jihadists killed 20 people, many of them women and children in two northern Burkinabe villages.
The United Nations estimated that nearly 4,000 people had been killed in jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso and in neighboring Mali and Niger in 2019 alone.