At least 18 people killed in Burkina Faso

FILE PHOTO: Soldiers secure a crime scene in Burkina Faso. (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

At least 18 people were killed on Monday by gunmen in several villages in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso, the regional governor said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Burkinabe soldiers securing a scene in Burkina Faso. (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Sahel governor, Colonel-Major Salfo Kabore, said gunmen on Monday carried out incursions in villages in the commune of Seytenga, Seno province, around 7 p.m. (local time), and committed intimidations, looting and murders on civilians.

“The initial toll was 18 dead and one injured currently under care in a hospital center in Ouagadougou”, he said in an official release on Wednesday.

The announcement of the attack came after a government statement on Tuesday said three Europeans were found dead in another attack after they were missing on Monday.

Two Spanish reporters and one Irish citizen as well as a Burkina Faso citizen were missing after gunmen attacked an anti-poaching joint unit in the east of Burkina Faso.

Since 2015, terrorist attacks have been recurrent in Burkina Faso. As of March 31, 2021, the country has registered 1,147,699 displaced people nationwide due to the trouble.