Officials stated on Friday that around 120 people were killed in a terrorist strike that occurred after fighting in a rural part of Burkina Faso near the Mali border.
According to a government statement released late Thursday night, 65 civilians and 58 terrorists were killed in the attack near the town of Arbinda in the country’s north.
A bloodbath ensued after fierce fire engagements between members of a terrorist militia and the army. On Thursday, the country’s police said on Facebook that they had routed 400 militants.
Security authorities also claimed to have collected a considerable amount of firearms and ammunition from the location.
In the West African country, armed organizations are reported to be active, with some pledging allegiance to the Islamic State or Al-Qaeda.
Burkina Faso has seen a substantial increase in militia terror since 2015, despite being spared attacks for many years.
More than 1.2 million people have been internally displaced as a result of violence perpetrated by Islamist militants, according to the United Nations.