Unidentified assailants killed 19 people and wounded 13 in an attack on and around the town of Arbinda in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, the government has said.

Hundreds of people have died in violence over the past months and more than 150,000 have been forced to flee as armed groups have spread across the arid Sahel region.

Once a pocket of calm in the Sahel, Burkina Faso has suffered a spillover of violence from neighbouring Mali, where an attack on a village on Sunday left at least 95 people dead and more than a dozen missing.

Deteriorating security prompted the government to declare a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali in December, which was extended by six months after armed

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