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Burkina Faso junta faced with protests over exiled ex-leader

Jul. 08, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Protesters in Burkina Faso demonstrated Friday against the return of former President Blaise Compaore, as the ruling junta faltered in its efforts to hold a summit on the crisis of jihadi violence. Compaore, the longtime military strongman ousted by...

Burkina Faso's ex-leader Compaore returns for crisis meeting

Jul. 07, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's former President Blaise Compaore returned to the West African country Thursday, the first time since being ousted in a popular uprising eight years ago. The former leader arrived at the Ouagadougou airport, according to Western...

Burkina Faso's ex-President Blaise Compaore returns from exile for a meeting of former leaders on the country's future

Jul. 07, 2022 13:41 PM EDT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's ex-President Blaise Compaore returns from exile for a meeting of former leaders on the country's future.

Jihadi attacks kill 22 people in Burkina Faso, officials say

Jul. 04, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Attacks by jihadis killed at least 22 people in northwestern Burkina Faso and also injured others, the government said Monday. The “cowardly and barbaric” attack occurred late Sunday in the commune of Bourasso in Kossi province, Babo Pierre...

Burkina Faso to create military zones to fight jihadi rebels

Jun. 22, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s ruling junta says it will create two military zones where civilians must vacate their homes to allow the army to battle jihadi rebels without any hindrances. The two zones will be established in the country's hard-hit East and Sahel...

55 people killed in latest attack in northern Burkina Faso

Jun. 13, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen killed at least 55 people over the weekend in northern Burkina Faso, authorities said Monday, the latest attack in the West African country where mounting violence is blamed on Islamic extremists. Suspected militants targeted civilians in...

Jihadi attacks mount in Burkina Faso despite junta's efforts

Jun. 13, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The mutinous soldiers who ousted Burkina Faso's democratically elected president early this year vowed they would do a better job at stopping the jihadi violence rocking the country. Five months later, however, attacks are increasing and patience with the junta...

Authorities say 55 people have been killed in northern Burkina Faso in a suspected Islamic extremist attack

Jun. 13, 2022 14:00 PM EDT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Authorities say 55 people have been killed in northern Burkina Faso in a suspected Islamic extremist attack.

Security concerns, lack of support stall Africa's Green Wall

May. 23, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A series of complex challenges, including a lack of funding and political will as well as rising insecurity linked to extremist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Burkina Faso, are obstructing progress on Africa's Great Green Wall, according to experts...

Jihadis' attack in eastern Burkina Faso kills 11 soldiers

May. 20, 2022 07:58 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Eleven soldiers were killed and nearly two dozen injured by jihadis targeting a military base in eastern Burkina Faso, the government said. Injured soldiers have been taken to hospital and aerial support killed 15 attackers trying to flee after...