In the early hours of 6 June 2021, unidentified militants launched an attack on Solhan village, located in the Sahel region’s Yagha province. According to reports, the militants — riding on about 20 motorcycles — arrived in the village and attacked an outpost of the Volunteers for the Defense of the Motherland (VDP) anti-jihadist militia group. The assailants then entered the village and set ablaze shops, vehicles and several residences in the area. At least 160 people were killed in the attack. An additional attack occurred in the village of Tadaryat, located about 150 km (90 mi) north of Solhan, on the evening of 5 June. At least 14 people were killed in the latter attack. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, a government spokesperson indicated that militants linked to either al-Qaeda or Islamic State (IS) and actively operating in the region are likely responsible. The attacks follow a 14 May trip by the Burkinabe minister of defense to military barracks in the provincial capital Sebba, located about 12 km from Solhan. During the trip, the minister declared that the security situation had returned to normal following a large-scale military operation in the region earlier in May. Suspected Islamist militants have stepped up attacks in the Sahel region since early April.