More than a dozen people were killed in attacks in northern Burkina Faso, a local source said

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Gunmen killed at least 15 people in an overnight raid on several villages in northern Burkina Faso, an elected local official said Tuesday.

“Armed individuals carried out a deadly attack on Monday on villages and hamlets in the Seytenga area, killing about 15 people,” the unnamed official told AFP from the nearby major city of Dori in Sahi, near Niger.

He said the village of Yatakou was the first to be attacked and “at least ten people died” there while another five were killed at Sophocles.

Most of the dead were men, he added.

A security source confirmed a “series of attacks” and reported deaths but gave no figures.

Troops have been sent to secure the area and monitor the removal of the bodies, the source said.

The locals said that the bloodshed had led to the inhabitants fleeing from the villages in Seytenga for Dori, 40 kilometers away.

The attack came after three European journalists – two Spanish and one Irish – died on Monday in an attack on an anti-poching patrol in the eastern part of the West African nation.

One of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso is struggling with a ruthless uprising of armed Islamists who swept in from neighboring Mali in 2015.

Jihadist groups – some affiliated with al-Qaeda and others with the Islamic State group – have launched a growing number of attacks in the country.

More than 1,300 people have died and over a million have fled their homes.

(AFP)