Thirty-six civilians were killed in two attacks on Monday in Burkina Faso, the Communications Minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou said in a statement. According to reports by local media, a “terrorist group” killed 32 people at a market in Nagraogo village while four others were killed in Alamou village.
The attacks, which left three other people wounded, saw hundreds of people flee the villages and seek refuge in the city of Kaya.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has announced two days of national mourning following the attack.
The country has experienced a series of similar attacks by armed groups since the start of 2015.
The United Nations has said more than 4,000 people have been killed in the violence in three countries in the Sahel region.