At least 35 civilians have been killed, most of them women, in an attack by Jihadists on a town in the north of Burkina Faso.
The president of the west African country said that 80 jihadists were killed in subsequent clashes with security forces. The violence, which erupted in the town of Arbinda in Sahel region near the country’s border with Mali, lasted for several hours, according to a military statement. Seven members of the security forces who responded also were killed. Jihadist incursions are frequent in the area but the number killed in the latest attack is unprecedented.
“The heroic action of our soldiers has made it possible to neutralise 80 terrorists,” President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said. “This barbaric attack resulted in the death of 35 civilians, most of them women.”It was not immediately clear where the women were at the time of the attack and why so many died.