There are reports from Burkina Faso that at least 24 people have been killed during an attack on a church on Sunday in the north of the country, near the border with Niger.

This is the latest in a string of attacks by suspected Islamist militants.

Since 2015, hundreds of people have been killed in Burkina Faso and more than 500,000 have been displaced.

Officials say gunmen stormed the village of Pansi when the church was full.

The pastor conducting the Sunday service was amongst those killed and several people were also abducted by the suspected Islamist militants.

Last week seven people were seized from the home of a pastor in the same Yagha province. Five bodies were later found.

Over the last month at least 60 people have been killed in two other attacks in the north.

With the army unable to defend the population the authorities have started recruiting volunteers.

After just two weeks training they are being given guns to defend vulnerable villages near the border with Mali and Niger

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