Officials say that men in uniform have killed at least 60 civilians in the northern Burkina Faso.
The attack occurred on Friday, near the border of Mali, in Barga in Yatenga Province.
The investigation is underway to determine who is responsible for these killings.
Lamine Kabore, the prosecutor of Burkina Faso , did not give any details on Friday’s incident but stated that those injured are being treated at hospital.
My office was informed of the gravity of certain facts. “I therefore instructed the investigation unit to conduct investigations to clarify the facts and to hear from all those involved,” he stated.
The murders occurred in an area that was overrun by islamist groups with links to al Qaeda or Islamic State.
These groups are responsible for multiple attacks that have resulted in thousands of deaths and forced two million people to flee their homes over a period of six years.
In the province of Seno , in the north-east of Thailand, militants have been accused of a killing of at least 44 persons.
Burkina Faso military members have been accused of killing civilians in the country where the government controls less than half of the territory.
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Burkina Faso announced recently that it would open an investigation into allegations of abuses against human rights by the security forces. This was after a video appeared to show seven children being killed.
Mucahid Durmaz, from Verisk Maplecroft – a global risk intelligence company – said that the army has been struggling to control its own troops and armed militias within the country.
He said: “The government is still struggling to convince people that they will keep their main promise, which is improving security.
The loose chain of command of the volunteer militias and their lack of discipline could lead to a series extrajudicial killings of civilians in rural areas.