36 Civilians were killed by a "terrorist group" in Burkina Faso, West Africa, the government has said in a statement. Burkina Faso held two days of national mourning Wednesday.
Pope Francis and the Catholic Bishops of Burkina Faso have called for the promotion of interreligious dialogue in an attempt to protect the people and find solutions to the violence.
The government in Ouagadougou released a statement saying "These repeated attacks on innocent civilians call for real cooperation between defence and security forces."
Armed militants forced their way into a market the village of Alamou in Sanmatenga province on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 and attacked people there before burning the construction to the ground, according to a government statement. There has been a rise in violence in the West African country that has killed hundreds and forced nearly a million people from their homes.
Islamist groups with links to al Qaeda and the so-called "Islamic State" have carried out a number of attacks against civilian and military targets in Burkina Faso in recent months, including an onslaught on a Canadian mining convoy in November that killed at least 37 people. "These repeated attacks on innocent civilians call for real cooperation between defense and security forces," the government said. President Roch Marc Kabore responded to the onslaught by calling for two days of national mourning.
Edited from combined reports by Deutsche Welle/AllAfrica.com and Vaticannews.va