Nineteen killed in Burkina Faso attack


Unidentified assailants killed 19 people and wounded 13 in an attack on and around Arbinda in northern Burkina Faso government said.

Hundreds of people died in Islamist violence over past months and more than 150,000 have fled as jihadist groups spread across the arid Sahel region.

Deteriorating security prompted government to declare a state of emergency in northern provinces bordering Mali in December, extended for six months after jihadists attacked civilians in Arbinda’s Soum province.

Burkina’s armed forces launched a search operation across the area targeted by Sunday’s attack, government said.