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Macron to reduce French military troops in Africa's Sahel

Jun. 10, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday announced the future reduction of France’s military presence fighting Islamic extremism in Africa’s Sahel region. In a news conference, Macron spoke about the “profound transformation" of France’s...

Burkina Faso says at least 100 civilians killed in attack

Jun. 05, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen killed at least 100 people in a northern Burkina Faso village, the government said Saturday, in what was the country’s deadliest attack in years. The attack took place Friday evening in Solhan village, in the Sahel’s Yagha province,...

Burkina Faso government says gunmen have killed at least 100 people in the country's north, deadliest attack in years

Jun. 05, 2021 09:26 AM EDT
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Burkina Faso government says gunmen have killed at least 100 people in the country's north, deadliest attack in years.

Students abducted by gunmen in north central Nigeria

May. 30, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A large number of students were abducted Sunday and one person was killed at a school in Nigeria’s north central Niger State, a police spokesman said. Nigerian media, including the independent Channels TV, said about 200 students were abducted at...

Boat accident on Nigerian river kills 60, more feared dead

May. 28, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian authorities confirmed that at least 60 people have died in a boat accident on the Niger River and that 83 missing passengers are also feared dead. The boat with more than 160 passengers, including many children and women, sank after...

More than 100 missing, feared dead after Nigeria boat sinks

May. 26, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — More than 100 people were missing and feared dead after a boat with more than 165 passengers, including women and children, broke up and sank as it was traveling in Nigeria’s northern Kebbi state, officials said Wednesday. Twenty-two people had...

Chad says Libya fighters risk undermining terrorism fight

May. 19, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chad’s deputy foreign minister warned the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya are crossing into the Sahel, threatening to undermine gains in fighting terrorism by five West African nations and plunge the region into...

Gunmen kill dozens in attack in eastern Burkina Faso

May. 03, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — At least 30 people were killed by gunmen in eastern Burkina Faso Monday, according to the government. The attack occurred in Kodyel village in the Komandjari province near the border with Niger, government official Labidi Ouoba told the...

16 Niger soldiers killed in attack near the border with Mali

May. 03, 2021 08:18 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — An ambush on a military patrol near Niger’s border with Mali killed 16 Niger soldiers and left one missing, the government said. The patrol was returning from a security mission near the border with Mali in Tillia in the northern part of...

UN focuses on demand to repatriate foreign fighters in Libya

Apr. 29, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council held an informal meeting Thursday focusing on the repatriation of more than 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya, a demand of the country’s transitional government as it heads toward December elections after a decade of...