UPDATE 1-Dozens killed in worst Burkina Faso violence in years
The government earlier this week told Reuters that only 13 people had been killed.
Burkina Faso has seen a spike in Islamist attacks in recent months as jihadists seek to increase their influence across the Sahel. On Dec. 31, the Burkinabe government declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali, though these did not include the region around Yirgou. (Reporting By Thiam Ndiaga Writing by Juliette Jabkhiro Editing by Edward McAllister and Kevin Liffey)
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