Ten civilians were killed in an attack on Monday morning by unidentified armed men in northern Burkina Faso, and four others were missing, a government and security source said.
According to the sources, the armed men attacked the group of civilians as they were driving their carts to market in the town of Markoye, in Burkina Faso’s Sahel reserve that borders Mali and Niger, and is overrun by Islamist militants.
The attack comes a day after five police officers were killed in another attack in the north of the country, and about 15 attackers were killed in the ensuing fight.
The state news agency also reported that two women and a baby were killed on Sunday when their cart hit an improvised land mine in the department of Ouindigui.
Burkina Faso on Monday marked the 61st anniversary of its army with a ceremony focused on the fight against terrorism.
“We will get through it together, or not at all,” said President Roch Kabore said to journalists.