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Market attack kills at least 30 in northern Burkina Faso

Jan. 28, 2020 5:15 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists attacked a busy market in Burkina Faso and killed more than 30 people over the weekend, authorities said, as the West African country's security situation deteriorates. The death toll could be as high as 50, Burkina Faso's national television...

Burkina Faso to arm civilians in fight against extremists

Jan. 23, 2020 10:12 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's parliament has approved legislation allowing the military to use civilian volunteers in the fight against Islamic extremism, a decision that underscores how outnumbered soldiers are amid rising attacks across the West African country. The plan to put weapons...

Militants kill 36 people in northern Burkina Faso

Jan. 21, 2020 5:00 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Militants attacked a market in Burkina Faso’s Sanmatenga province, killing at least 36 people and wounding several others, the government said Tuesday. The gunmen then burned the market, according to a government statement. The violence is the latest in a surge of...

US charges Malian in al-Qaida hotel attack in Burkina Faso

Jan. 16, 2020 4:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced murder charges Thursday against a Malian man accused of playing a central role in two 2016 terror attacks in West Africa, including an al-Qaida shooting in Burkina Faso that killed an American missionary and 29 other people. Mimi Baba scouted attack locations...

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, poses with G5 African heads of state after the G5 Sahel summit in Pau, southwestern France, Monday Jan.13, 2020. France is preparing its military to better target Islamic extremists in a West African region that has seen a surge of deadly violence. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

French summit aims to boost counterterror fight in W. Africa

Jan. 13, 2020 6:56 PM EST

PAU, France (AP) — French and West African heads of states vowed to boost their military efforts under a joint command in Africa's Sahel region, which has seen a surge of deadly violence. They also urged the U.S. to maintain its key support in the fight against Islamic extremism. Leaders of Mali, Burkina...

Niger army chief fired after 89 killed in extremist attack

Jan. 13, 2020 8:44 AM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger’s president has fired the army’s chief of staff after attacks against security forces have killed at least 174 security force members since December. President Issoufou Mahamadou's action on Monday came after the death toll from an attack by Islamic extremists on...

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 displaced Burkinabe people in the Pissila town camp, near Kaya, Burkina Faso. Islamic extremists carried out a record number of attacks last year in Burkina Faso and the instability has now spread to the country's east. The violence in northern and now eastern Burkina Faso has displaced more than half a million people, according to the United Nations. And there are fears the unrest could throw elections planned for late 2020 into question.  (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

Islamic extremism wracks Burkina Faso, spreading east

Jan. 10, 2020 5:03 AM EST

FADA N'GOURMA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The jihadists who killed Wabwa Ampougovni's son and two grandchildren wanted them to suffer: They cut the backs of their necks before slitting their throats, leaving them to a slow and agonizing death. They were among 14 people killed in late November when extremists...

Suspected jihadists strike Niger military; 25 soldiers dead

Jan. 9, 2020 4:03 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Islamic militants carried out another large assault on Niger's military Thursday, leaving at least 25 soldiers dead along with dozens of jihadists only a month after the worst attack of its kind in years, the military said. The latest violence blamed on extremists struck the town of...

UN envoy: Terrorist attacks surging in Sahel and West Africa

Jan. 8, 2020 7:22 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for West Africa and the Sahel says the region has experienced “a devastating surge in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets” in recent months. Mohamed Ibn Chambas told the U.N. Security Council Wednesday that the “unprecedented...

Islamic extremists' toll in Burkina Faso rising, report says

Jan. 6, 2020 8:36 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 250 civilians have been killed by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso in less than a year, Human Rights Watch said in a new report Monday, as attacks increase and armed groups gain more territory in the West African nation’s north and east. Attackers are justifying...