Government and Security sources say that at least three police officers and four members of a government-backed civilian militia were killed while on patrol in eastern Burkina Faso on Monday.
The victims were ambushed in the town of Tanwalbougou, in Gourma province, and sources predict that the death toll could rise.
The civilians killed in the attack were part of the Homeland Defence Volunteers group, which is funded and trained by the government to support efforts to contain the Islamist insurgency.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the government suspects that the assailants are Al-Qaeda and Islamic State-linked insurgents that operate in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger.
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