OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – Jihadists attacked a city in northern Burkina Faso and killed 35 civilians, most of them women. Subsequent clashes with security forces left 80 jihadists dead. The president of the West African nation, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, announced late Tuesday.
The violence that broke out in the town of Arbinda in the Sahel region near the border with Mali continued, according to a military declaration. Seven members of the security forces who responded were also killed.
There are a number of Islamist extremist groups in Burkina Faso, and jihadist attacks are common in the region.
Burkina Faso had been spared years of Islamic extremism, as was observed in Mali for a long time. In 2013, he required French military intervention to push jihadists out of power in several major cities.
] This changed with two fatal attacks in 2016 and 2017 in the capital Ouagadougou, both aimed at places popular with foreigners.
Frequent attacks in the north and east of the country have already displaced more than half a million people, according to the United Nations.
At least 37 civilians were killed in East Burkina Faso last month when suspected jihadists raided a convoy that carried employees of the Canadian mining company Semafo.
During Burkina Fasos The military was trained by France and the United States and has so far been unable to stem the rise in extremist violence.