OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Armed assailants killed around 100 civilians in an overnight attack on a village in northern Burkina Faso, the government said on Saturday.
The attackers struck during the night on Friday, killing residents of the village of Solhan in Yagha province, bordering Niger. They also burned homes and the village market, the government said in a statement.
The government described the attackers as terrorists, but no group has yet claimed responsibility.
Attacks by jihadists linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in the Sahel region of West Africa have risen sharply since the start of the year, particularly in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence.
The government declared a 72-hour period of national mourning after the attack. It said the provisional toll put the number of people killed at around 100.
The violence in Burkina Faso has displaced more than 1.1 million people in just over two years. The country is also hosting some 20,000 refugees from neighboring Mali who are seeking safety from jihadist attacks.
In March, attackers killed 137 people in coordinated raids on villages in southwestern Niger.