In Summary
  • A security source said 19 bodies had been found and a search was underway for others.

  • Arbinda has witnessed a spate of jihadist violence in recent months despite stepped-up security operations.

Ouagadougou, 

Nineteen people died in an attack on a village in the troubled north of Burkina Faso, a security source said Monday.

"Several dozen armed men carried out an attack on the district of Arbinda, shooting several people dead," a local official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The attack took place "on Sunday between 3pm and 5pm.", or between 1500 and 1700 GMT, the official said.

MEETING

An emergency meeting was underway to discuss the situation, the official said.

A security source said 19 bodies had been found and a search was underway for others.

Hours before the attack, armed men had stopped three vehicles in Arbinda and set fire to them, killing one of the drivers, the source said.

Arbinda has witnessed a spate of jihadist violence in recent months despite stepped-up security operations.

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