At least 110 terrorists were killed in Burkina Faso as the government launched airstrikes against rebel groups in the country’s northern and southern parts, the AIB state news agency has reported.
An army spokesperson confirmed the offensive but did not specify how many people had died so far, the report adds.
President Ibrahim Traoré’s transitional government, which took power following a military coup in the autumn, has so far failed to push back the militants.
Around 70 soldiers were killed in attacks within a few days in February, and civilians have also been repeatedly targeted.
According to the Burkina Faso Movement for Human and People’s Rights (MBDHP).
No less than 60 civilians were killed when armed militiamen attacked a village in the Tapoa region of the country’s east on February 26, damaging property and looting cattle.
There were no official casualty figures according to the report on Tuesday evening.
As part of the fight against terrorism, a curfew from 10pm to 5am has been introduced throughout the region from Friday 3 March to Friday 31 March,” said a note from the secretary general of the governorate of the northern region, Kouilga Albert Zongo.