In the early morning hours of 3 May 2021, armed assailants attacked a village in the eastern Komandjari province, located near the border with Niger. According to a local official, approximately 100 Islamist militants traveling in trucks and on motorcycles entered the village and set homes on fire. The gunmen then opened fire on residents who attempted to flee. At least 30 people were killed in the attack. Militants reportedly targeted the village in retaliation to the villagers enlisting in the Volunteers for the Defense of the Motherland program, which was established in 2019 in order to support the Burkinabe military to combat Islamist militant groups. The latest attack occurred in the same region where militants ambushed an anti-poaching patrol on 26 April; one Irish national and two Spanish reporters who were accompanying the patrol were killed after being abducted during the ambush