No fewer than six people were killed when security forces in northern Burkina Faso were ambushed by the militants.
A soldier and five civilian volunteers for Volunteers for the Defence of the Fatherland (VDP) were killed in the attack.
The AFP news agency quoted on Sunday a security source as saying, “The Kourao VDP were patrolling the area and were targeted by armed individuals. A unit went to their aid and came under heavy fire.”
The civilian volunteers are part of a network that helps the army in fighting militant groups operating in Burkina Faso.
The VDP was formed more than a year ago to bolster efforts by vigilante groups operating in the volatile northern and eastern regions.