Ten people were killed when an aid convoy was raided in Burkina Faso, the government said on Sunday, increasing the number of deaths from a series of attacks on jihadists to at least 50.
The ambush occurred on Saturday near the northern city of Barsalogho. A statement went on to say that an attack on a cattle market in the east of the country claimed 25 lives earlier the day after a preliminary count.
The humanitarian convoy returned from the northern city of Foube after delivering food there. At least five civilians and five gendarmes were killed and around 20 people injured.
Saturday's attacks occurred a day after a convoy of mainly shopkeepers escorted by a local self-defense unit came under fire in the north of the West African country and killed 15 people. This attack in the Loroum province was also blamed on jihadists.
The east and north of the former French colony are most affected by attacks from jihadists who have killed more than 900 people and fled around 860,000 people from their homes in the past five years.
A local governor, Colonel Saidou Sanou, said in a statement that the bloodshed highlights the need for the army and local people to work together to "defeat the terrorist Hydra."
Increasingly frequent attacks
Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world, has been fighting a jihadist uprising since 2015.
The conflict has provoked attacks on ethnic Fulani shepherds that other communities have accused of supporting militants.
Burkina Faso's armed forces are carrying out counter-terrorism operations with increasing frequency.
The Sahel region is part of the regional effort to combat an Islamist uprising along with Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Chad.
But their military, under-equipped and poorly trained, are fighting despite the help of France, which has 5,000 soldiers in the region.
In fact, attacks in Burkina Faso have increased since last year and have occurred practically every day.
A security source said the country has become a haven for jihadists because of the role of former President Blaise Compaore as a mediator, especially to get Western hostages released.
Compaore was overthrown in 2014.
Numerous foreigners were kidnapped in Burkina Faso. Six are said to have been held in a camp in Mali near the border with Burkina.
The wife of one of them, the elderly Australian doctor Kenneth Elliot, released a video on Friday asking for his release.
According to the United Nations, about 4,000 people were killed in riots in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger last year.
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