The bodies of 28 people who were shot dead have been discovered in Burkina Faso’s north-western town of Nouna, the government has said.
A civil society group blamed the killings on armed civilians claiming to be members of a government-backed volunteer force fighting jihadists.
The government did not comment on the claim, but said it was investigating.
Burkina Faso has been hit by a decade-long insurgency that has displaced nearly two million people.
The military seized power in Burkina Faso last January, promising an end to attacks, but the violence still rages. END.