Security sources in Burkina Faso say unidentified assailants have killed 31 soldiers and three members of the Homeland Defence Volunteers – a group of civilians given basic military training.

The army said more than 40 assailants were killed.

The volunteers work alongside the army, typically carrying out surveillance, information-gathering or escort duties.

The attack, on a supply convoy, took place on Monday in the northern province of Bam in the Central-North region.

At least 10,000 have been killed and more than two million displaced in the prolonged jihadist insurgency Burkina Faso has been facing from neighbouring Mali.

BBC/Simeon Ugbodovon

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