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Fifteen soldiers and six civilians killed in attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso

Fifteen soldiers and six civilians were killed on Sunday in attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso, military and security officials said. Suicide bombers drove cars packed with explosives into three military camps in central Mali before dawn, the military said in a statement. Six were killed and 15 wounded at the Sevare camp, and five […]

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Burkina Faso President Roch Kaboré reportedly detained by mutinying soldiers: REPORT

The President of Burkina Faso, Roch Kaboré, has reportedly been detained by mutinying soldiers. Some troops in the West African nation have demanded the sacking of military chiefs and more resources to fight Islamist militants. Gunfire had been heard overnight near the presidential palace and at barracks in the capital, Ouagadougou. The government on Sunday […]

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At least 41 government backed militia forces killed in Burkina Faso, two-day mourning declared

Authorities in Burkina Faso have declared a two-day period of mourning after suspected militants killed at least 41 members of a government-backed civilian militia in the country’s desert north this week. A column of civilian fighters from the Homeland Defence Volunteers (VDP), a group the government funds and trains to contain Islamist insurgents, was ambushed […]

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Burkina Faso: Rebels kill at least 47 people, including 30 civilians and 14 soldiers in Sahel region

Rebel fighters have killed dozens of people in northern Burkina Faso, as violence spirals anew in West Africa’s Sahel region. In an attack near the northern town of Arbinda on Wednesday, rebels killed at least 47 people, including 30 civilians, 14 soldiers and three pro-government militiamen, state media reported. State media reported that government troops […]

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Burkina Faso: Rebel fighters ambush soldiers; 12 dead, 8 wounded

Twelve Burkina Faso soldiers were killed and eight wounded in an ambush by suspected rebels near the West African country’s border with Mali, the government said. Communications Minister Ousseni Tamboura “strongly condemned the barbaric attack” on Sunday near the village of Dounkoun in Toeni commune in Sourou province, the latest in a series both near […]

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At least 51 dead as gunmen attack several villages in northern Mali after arrest of rebel leaders

Gunmen attacked multiple villages in northern Mali killing at least 51 people in apparent retribution for the recent arrest of several rebel leaders, authorities said. The latest violence took place in the volatile area along the borders of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso where fighters linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda are active. A note […]

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Burkina Faso: Armed attackers kill more than 132 people in overnight village raid

Armed gunmen have killed over 132 people in an attack on a village in northern Burkina Faso, the government said. Homes and the local market were burned during the overnight raid on Solhan. No group has said it was behind the violence, but Islamist attacks are increasingly common in the country, especially in border regions. […]

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2 Spanish, 1 Irish national abducted and killed in Burkina Faso ambush

Three Europeans abducted near a nature reserve in eastern Burkina Faso have been killed. Two Spanish journalists and an Irish national were a part of an anti-poaching patrol that was ambushed by gunmen near Pama Reserve on Monday. Burkina Faso government officials confirmed their deaths on Tuesday. A local soldier was also abducted, but his […]

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Six killed in attacks on Ivory Coast’s military positions

Six people were killed, including two soldiers and a policeman when two security positions came under attack on Ivory Coast’s border with Burkina Faso, army officials said on Monday. The first attack, in Kafolo, was carried out by “about 60 heavily armed terrorists coming from Burkina Faso,” it said in a statement, adding that four […]

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180 dead bodies found in Burkina Faso; government forces suspected behind killings

At least 180 bodies were discovered in suspected extrajudicial killings in northern Burkina Faso, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. A majority of the bodies were found dumped along highways, under bridges, and in fields outside Djibo town. A few were discovered in the town between November and June, the rights group said. “Existing information points […]

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France claims it killed al Qaeda North Africa chief Droukdel in Mali

France said on Friday its military forces had killed al Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel. “On June 3, French army forces, with the support of their local partners, killed the emir of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Abdelmalek Droukdel, and several of his closest collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali,” French Armed […]

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Burkina Faso: Gunmen ‘kill 20 at cattle market’ in Kompienga

At least 20 people have been killed in eastern Burkina Faso when gunmen stormed a cattle market, reports say. Gunmen on motorbikes fired into the crowded market in Kompienga town in the middle of the day on Saturday, eyewitnesses were quoted as saying by local media. It is unclear who was behind the attack. Burkina […]