Twenty civilians, including women and children, were killed between Monday and Wednesday in two attacks by suspected jihadists in central-eastern Burkina Faso, security and local sources told AFP on Friday.

On Wednesday, “armed groups carried out an incursion into Bilguimdouré”, a village in the commune of Sangha, in the province of Koulpélogo (center-east), bordering Ghana and Togo, “causing a dozen deaths”, indicated to AFP a local official.

Two days earlier, “another terrorist incursion into the neighboring village of Kaongo had caused the death of at least eleven people including women and children”, he continued.

During these two attacks, “houses and shops were set on fire by the attackers who also took away livestock”, according to the same source.

These attacks were confirmed by security sources, stating that “security operations are underway in the region”, without giving details on the results of the incursions.