About 300 protesters who took to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou on Tuesday are demanding President Roch Kabore resigns and the departure of French forces that patrol the West African country in search of the Islamists.
They say it is over the president’s failure to restrain militants who roam the north and east and last weekend killed 28 soldiers and four civilians.
Thousands of schools have closed and displaced farmers cannot reach their crops.
Sunday’s attack was the worst suffered by troops during a four-year Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands and forced more than a million people to flee their homes. An attack in the area two days earlier killed seven police.
Burkina Faso had for years been spared the jihadist violence seen across the border in Mali.
Former president Blaise Compaore who was driven from office in 2014 managed to keep good relations with the region’s Islamists.