OUAGADOUGOU, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- A militant attack in northern Burkina Faso has killed 35 civilians, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, a large group of jihadists attacked simultaneously the military detachment and civilians in Arbinda in the province of Soum, the army said in a statement.
During the clashes with local security forces, 80 jihadists were killed, the army said. However, seven security forces agents, namely four soldiers and three gendarmes, were also killed, and more than 20 others injured.
"The heroic action of our soldiers has made it possible to neutralize 80 terrorists," Kabore said on Twitter, praising the "bravery and commitment" of the security forces.
"This barbaric attack resulted in the death of 35 civilians, most of them women," said the president.
Communications minister and government spokesman Remis Dandjinou confirmed that 31 of the civilian victims were women.
It remains unknown where the women were at the time of attack and why so many were killed.