RTE 1/15/2017 09:43:16 – It was a quiet Monday morning in Mlimania, the capital of Burkina Faso.
In the small town of Tangaou, just outside the capital, the sound of gunfire could be heard.
At least seven people were killed and three others wounded in a drive-by shooting in the capital city of Burkinas capital, Ouagadougou, the local authorities said on Monday.
A woman and a young boy were among the dead.
A witness said he saw a man wearing a balaclava, wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a gun.
Another man said he was hit by a bullet, but survived.
Local police said the gunman had come from a nearby village and had attacked a shopping centre where a large number of tourists were staying.
Ouagadaou Mayor Hissam Mlimane told the Associated Press news agency the attack was carried out by a gunman who had come into the market armed with a gun and a rifle.
The police chief in the town of Ouagade, Moussa Elshamani, told Al Jazeera that at least seven bodies had been found in the street and that at the time of the attack there was a fight taking place between attackers and civilians.
The attack comes as President Ouagidougou is under mounting pressure to crack down on what he calls a growing jihadist threat, after the death toll from the deadly November attack on his presidential palace increased to 20.
Police say that about 100 gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and rifles have attacked churches and mosques in the southern region of Ouadougous since December.
At the same time, the authorities are also investigating the murder of an elderly Christian woman in Ouagadia, where she worked as a schoolteacher.
Local media reports have also suggested the death of a young woman in Moulibou, a town near Ouagadi, could have been the work of a jihadist.
There are also reports of looting in Ouadou, where Ouagads government-controlled parliament has been closed since last month.
The town of Moulibaou, near Ouadoubou, is currently under a curfew and many locals fear they will be the next victims of violence.
Local people said that in the last week they had heard about several other cases of looting, some of which they said were carried out at gunpoint.
Some witnesses said they saw several young men and women being robbed in Mounirou, another town close to Ouagane.
The attacks have caused a huge economic crisis in the region, with thousands of people left without jobs and livelihoods.
There is also concern that as many as a million people may be displaced due to the ongoing unrest.
Moulibeou Mayor Abdelmouli Elou told Al Jadidah TV on Monday that he was worried about the health and well-being of his city’s 1.2 million people.
“People have been injured, and the economy has collapsed,” he said.
“My main concern is for the health of my people.”
Moulibiou has seen an influx of foreign workers from Burkina and other countries in recent years.
The majority of the people in the south-east African nation are Christians and are not Muslim.
The government is trying to reduce the number of Muslims from the population, but the Muslim population in the city has risen in recent months, with many claiming they are forced to convert.