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14 civilians killed in bus explosion in north Burkina Faso

Jan. 4, 2020 1:07 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — At least 14 civilians, mostly students, died Saturday after their bus hit an explosive device in northwestern Burkina Faso on the way back from a school break, according to a local official. At least four others were also injured in the explosion on the Tougan axis in the...

35 civilians, 80 jihadists killed in attack in Burkina Faso

Dec. 24, 2019 5:09 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Jihadists attacked a town in northern Burkina Faso and killed 35 civilians, most of them women, and ensuing clashes with security forces left 80 jihadists dead, the West African nation's president announced late Tuesday. The violence, which erupted in the town of Arbinda in...

US sanctions 5 South Sudan agents it says killed 2 critics

Dec. 10, 2019 2:45 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The United States has imposed sanctions on five South Sudan officials, who it says are responsible for the abductions and likely murders in 2017 of two human rights activists. In a statement on Tuesday the U.S. Treasury said South Sudan’s government has repeatedly...

Burkina Faso forces kill 20 militants after attacks

Dec. 3, 2019 12:37 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s armed forces says soldiers have killed at least 20 militants after gunmen launched simultaneous overnight attacks on military positions. The office of the armed forces commander general said in a statement Tuesday that 20 other unidentified gunmen were...

Burkina Faso armed forces kill extremist leader, 5 others

Nov. 30, 2019 6:12 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s armed forces say soldiers have killed an extremist leader and five supporters in Nahouri Province in an operation to dismantle the group operating in the country’s south-central region. The statement Friday by the armed forces’ chief of...