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In Burkina Faso gold mines, extremists seek power source

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Extremist groups in the Sahel are eyeing gold mines as a way to pay for weapons, vehicles and other equipment required to launch deadly...

Trial over murder of ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’ opens in Burkina Faso

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The trial of 14 people accused of plotting to assassinate Burkina Faso’s former president Thomas Sankara started on Monday, more than 30 years after...

Militants kill 14 soldiers, injure seven in Burkina Faso attack

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A large group of heavily armed militants killed 14 Burkina Faso soldiers and injured seven others in a dawn attack in the north on...

French soldier killed in Mali militant clash

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A French serviceman was killed early on Friday in a clash with an armed militant group in Mali, French officials said. More than 50 French...

Eight people suffocate at Burkina Faso mine after police fire tear...

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Eight people suffocated to death when police in Burkina Faso used tear gas against unauthorised gold miners at Nordgold's Bissa mine, a prosecutor said...

Death toll from Burkina Faso attack rises to 80

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The death toll from an attack on civilians and the military in northern Burkina Faso has risen to 80 people, the government said in...

Dozens die in Burkina Faso as Islamist militants raid convoy

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Dozens of people were killed in northern Burkina Faso on Wednesday when Islamist militants raided a civilian convoy that was being escorted by military...

Attack in Burkina Faso kills at least 12 soldiers, sources say

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At least 12 soldiers were killed in an attack in northwestern Burkina Faso on Sunday and seven others are missing, three security sources said. There...

Civilians, soldiers die in Burkina Faso attack

An armed group in northern Burkina Faso killed 30 civilians, soldiers and pro-government militiamen in a series of attacks near the Niger border, the...

ISS: Could kidnapping for ransom open the door to terrorism in...

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The government must nip the problem in the bud before violent extremists use abduction to their advantage. Fears are mounting that kidnapping for ransom could...

Thousands protest in Burkina Faso over jihadist attacks

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Thousands took to the streets of Burkina Faso's capital on Saturday to call for a tougher government response to a wave of jihadist attacks...

Burkina Faso president takes on defence role amid security crisis

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Burkina Faso's president Roch Kabore has taken over the role of defence minister in a cabinet reshuffle aimed at stopping a wave of jihadist...

Burkina Faso opposition to hold silent protests over bloodshed

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Opposition groups will hold silent protests across Burkina Faso next month against a surge of mostly Islamist militant violence they say the government is...

Police death toll from militant attack in Burkina Faso rises to...

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Four police officers who had gone missing after a militant attack in Burkina Faso on Monday have been found dead, raising the police death...

At least 132 civilians killed in Burkina Faso’s worst attack in...

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The death toll from the worst militant attack in Burkina Faso in recent years has risen to 132, the government said on Saturday, after...

Armed men kill 15 at baptism in northern Burkina Faso

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Unidentified assailants killed 15 people who were gathered for a baptism at a village in northern Burkina Faso on Tuesday night, the government said...

Ivory Coast jails child traffickers after cocoa farm raids

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Twenty-two people accused of trafficking children to work on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast have received prison sentences of up to 20 years, prosecutors...

Around 30 killed in attack on village in eastern Burkina Faso,...

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Armed assailants killed around 30 people in an attack on a village in eastern Burkina Faso on Monday, four security sources said. The attack took...

Two Spanish journalists, Irish citizen killed in Burkina Faso ambush

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Two Spanish journalists and an Irish citizen were killed in an armed ambush on an anti-poaching patrol near a nature reserve in eastern Burkina...

Former Burkina Faso leader Compaore charged in predecessor Sankara’s murder

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A Burkina Faso court charged former President Blaise Compaore in absentia on Tuesday in connection with the 1987 murder of then-President Thomas Sankara, one...

First-ever West Africa Joint Operations exercise a good step towards prosecuting...

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The US Bureau of Diplomatic Security held the first-ever West Africa Joint Operations regional exercise on 29 March 2021. The exercise was aimed at connecting...

At least seven killed on military patrol in eastern Burkina Faso

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At least three police officers and four members of a government-backed civilian militia were killed while on patrol in eastern Burkina Faso on Monday,...

Three soldiers killed in attacks on Ivory Coast military camps

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Three soldiers were killed and seven wounded when two military posts in northern Ivory Coast were attacked early on Monday, five senior military sources...

ISS: ‘Electoral reforms’ are stifling democracy in West Africa

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Ruling parties are using financial and political barriers to prevent their opponents from running for office. In the past two years, several West African countries...

Militants kill 11 Malian soldiers in ambush, 11 others missing

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Eleven Malian soldiers were killed and 11 more are missing after Islamist militants ambushed a patrol in the desert north, the army said on...

Armed men attack passenger convoy and village in Niger, killing 58

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Armed men in southwestern Niger killed at least 58 people when they intercepted a convoy returning from a weekly market and attacked a nearby...

Pregnant woman, five others killed as ambulance hits land mine in...

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A pregnant woman and five other people died when an ambulance carrying them hit a land mine in northern Burkina Faso, in an area...

At least 18 killed in attacks in Burkina Faso and Mali

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Suspected Islamists killed at least 18 people in attacks in northern Burkina Faso and central Mali on Wednesday and Thursday, government and security sources...

ISS: Many strategies but little progress securing the Sahel

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More holistic approaches are now being used, but they still see conflict and violence through a counter-terrorism lens. ince it started nine years ago, the...

At least 70 killed in suspected militant attacks in Niger –...

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At least 70 civilians were killed in simultaneous attacks on two villages by suspected Islamist militants in Niger, near the border zone with Mali,...

Islamist violence escalates in Burkina Faso, making widespread hunger worse

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Habibou Sore had to pause for breath as she ran barefoot from the approaching gunmen. She was pregnant with twins, due any day. Soon after...

Burkina Faso holds election under looming threat of violence

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Polls closed in Burkina Faso on Sunday after a presidential and parliamentary election dominated by the threat of Islamist violence that prevented voting in...

In Burkina Faso, voters left voiceless amid escalating violence

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Djeneba Sawadogo was making a cake when she heard a noise she did not recognise - a series of sharp cracks that rang across...

Seven Burkinabe soldiers killed in ambush ahead of presidential election

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Fourteen soldiers in Burkina Faso were killed on Wednesday in an ambush by suspected Islamist militants, the government said, close to a week before...

Two sentenced to death in Mali over hotel, restaurant attacks

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A Malian court handed a death sentence to a suspected jihadist and his co-defendant on Wednesday, his lawyer said, after he pleaded guilty to...

American citizen kidnapped in southern Niger, sources say

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An American citizen was kidnapped near the town of Birnin Konni in southern Niger in the early hours of Tuesday, three security sources and...

Twenty killed in northern Burkina Faso attacks, says government

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Armed groups have killed about 20 people in attacks on three villages in northern Burkina Faso, the government said in a statement on Thursday. The...

Gunmen kill 25 displaced people in Burkina Faso, UN says

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Armed assailants have killed 25 displaced people in northern Burkina Faso as their convoy tried to make its way home, the United Nations refugee...

Terror in an ‘upright’ land

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Burkina Faso’s Splendid Hotel promotes itself to international visitors by listing the amenities many have come to expect. Room service. A front desk staffed...

ISS: Presidential power play undermines democracy in Africa

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African leaders seeking re-election often exploit access to government resources to boost their campaigns, creating an uneven electoral playing field that gives them an advantage over...

Gunmen kill about 20 in attack in eastern Burkina Faso

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Unidentified gunmen killed about 20 people in an attack on a cattle market in eastern Burkina Faso on Friday, the government said in a...

Dozen of bodies found in Burkina Faso, and rights group suspects...

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At least 180 bodies have been found in common graves in Djibo, a town in the north of Burkina Faso, Human Rights Watch (HRW),...

Burkina Faso probes bullet-ridden bodies discovered after army operation

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Burkina Faso’s defence ministry said on Wednesday it has launched an investigation following the discovery of seven bullet-ridden corpses in the outskirts of a...

West African instability risks gains against militants – French official

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Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at a summit this week that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against Islamist...

West African instability risks gains against militants – French official

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Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at a summit this week that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against Islamist...

Ivory Coast says Burkina Faso national led deadly attack against army

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Ivory Coast’s army said on Thursday it had identified a detained Burkina Faso national as the coordinator of a suspected jihadist attack that killed...

At least ten aid workers kidnapped in southwest Niger

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At least ten local aid workers have been kidnapped in southwest Niger near the border with Burkina Faso, security sources and an official from...

ISS: Breaking terrorism supply chains in West Africa

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Last month Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire jointly conducted Operation Comoé along their borders. They captured 38 suspected terrorists, killed eight, and dismantled training camps. The...

Militants in Burkina Faso kill 35 in separate attacks, government says

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Militants in Burkina Faso attacked a cattle market and a humanitarian convoy, killing at least 35 people, the government said on Sunday. Saturday’s violence underscores...

Burkina prosecutor says cause of death of 12 detainees unclear

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A Burkina Faso prosecutor said on Wednesday that a preliminary probe could not determine what caused the death of 12 people in detention cells...