Twenty-two civilians, including twenty members of an auxiliary force of the armed forces, died yesterday Friday in two attacks allegedly carried out by jihadists in the north and west of Burkina Faso, according to AFP sources in the security services and residents.

The village of Kogsablogo, not far from Bulsa, the capital of Namedega province, “was on Friday the target of an attack by terrorist organizations,” a source close to the security forces said.

“The tally is sixteen fallen Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland (VDP, auxiliary force of the army),” this source clarified.

The paramilitaries “caused losses to the enemy”, he assured.

Confirming the “attack” which “targeted the VDPs of the community”, a resident said that two civilians were also killed and two others injured.

The perpetrators of the attack “set fire” to houses, motorcycles, other vehicles “as well as the market”, the resident continued, calling for a “large-scale operation by the army” in Namedega province, because “it is experiencing a resurgence of attacks”.

According to a second source close to the security forces, another attack was carried out on the same day in Pho, a commune in Oué province (west). “Four VDPs of Kiebani village were killed,” he added.

Residents of the community contacted by AFP said Fo, which has been the target of jihadist attacks repeatedly in recent weeks, is “emptying residents every day”.

Burkina Faso has been grappling since 2015 with escalating violence from jihadist groups that emerged in Mali a few years earlier before spreading across its borders.

On Wednesday, around twenty civilians were killed in two attacks by alleged jihadists in the north and east of the country.

And, on June 26, at least 71 men, 31 members of the army and 40 members of the VDP, were killed in three attacks by alleged jihadists.

Violence by jihadist groups pledging allegiance to either al-Qaeda or Islamic State has killed more than 10,000 people, civilians and soldiers, in eight years, according to NGOs, while forcing more than two million others to flee their homes. according to UN calculations.

The African country has been ruled since September 2022 by Captain Ibrahim Traore, who seized power in the second military coup in eight months.