At least 33 people were murdered when militants opened fire on vegetable growers in Burkina Faso on Saturday, according to the governor, as the government attempts to contain an insurgency.

Since March, a state of emergency has been declared in eight of Burkina Faso’s thirteen regions, including western Boucle du Mouhoun.

The farmers were attacked on Thursday evening about 5:00 p.m. (1700 GMT), according to Governor Babo Pierre Bassinga in a statement.

“The village of Youlou in the department of Cheriba, Mouhoun province, suffered a cowardly and barbaric terrorist attack,” he stated.

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