Suspected jihadists killed at least 30 people in a village in eastern Burkina Faso on May 3, according to local and security officials.
A large group of gunmen attacked the village of Kodyel in the district of Foutouri in the Komondjari province and killed at least 30 people, officials said.
“It happened early this morning when some people were still in their homes. Dozens of men burst into the village and set houses on fire, while others stood watch and shot at people indiscriminately,” an official from a local self-defense group also told AFP News.
At least 20 people were injured in the attack with “several of them seriously,” a member of the civil defense militia in the district said.
“The toll remains provisional, because everyone fled the village,” the militia member also said.
The attackers reportedly targeted the village because the residents, who were mostly part of the ethnic group Gurma, had joined the militia.
If estimates of the number killed are confirmed, the massacre would make it one of the deadliest attacks in the West African country’s history.
The attack comes a week after two Spanish journalists and an Irish conservationist were ambushed and killed in the region.