Latest Burkina Faso News

Recent extremist attacks kill 32 people in Burkina Faso

Jan. 31, 2023 04:04 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Multiple jihadi attacks across Burkina Faso over several days have resulted in the death of at least 32 people, including soldiers and civilians, government authorities said Monday. Burkina Faso's State Information Agency posted on its Facebook page that a...

France recalls ambassador to Burkina Faso, pulls out troops

Jan. 26, 2023 06:04 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French foreign ministry said Thursday it is recalling its ambassador to Burkina Faso for consultations, one day after Paris decided to withdraw troops from the West African country following a demand by its military rulers. A top official at the foreign ministry...

French troops to withdraw from Burkina Faso within a month

Jan. 25, 2023 13:47 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's foreign ministry said Wednesday that French troops deployed to fight extremists in Burkina Faso will withdraw within a month following a demand by the country’s military rulers — which came after a similar move from neighboring Mali. A top official at the...

France asks Burkina Faso to clarify troop departure reports

Jan. 22, 2023 15:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday he was awaiting “clarifications” from Burkina Faso’s new junta leader following a report saying authorities in the West African country ordered hundreds of French troops to leave within a month. Macron said during a...

Burkina Faso ends ties with French troops, orders departure

Jan. 21, 2023 19:20 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's junta government late Saturday ordered hundreds of French troops to depart the West African country within a month, following in the path of neighboring Mali, whose nation is also headed by a coup leader. National broadcaster RTB made...

Burkina Faso says 66 women, children freed from extremists

Jan. 21, 2023 02:14 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's army has freed 66 women and children who were abducted earlier this month by Islamic extremists while gathering food in the country's northern Sahel region, according to a state television report Friday. National broadcaster RTB...

Official: Jihadis abduct at least 50 women in Burkina Faso

Jan. 16, 2023 12:19 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — At least 50 women were abducted by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso’s northern Sahel region last week, a local official said Monday. The kidnappings occurred on January 12 and 13 approximately 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the town of Arbinda in Soum...

UN rights chief calls for probe into Burkina Faso killings

Jan. 07, 2023 14:17 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations human rights office called Saturday for a prompt, transparent investigation into the deaths of at least 28 people whose bodies were found in northwest Burkina Faso last month. Volker Türk, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights,...

Correction: Burkina Faso-France-Ambassador story

Jan. 04, 2023 10:47 AM EST
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — In a story published January 2, 2023, about the French ambassador in Burkina Faso, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Burkina Faso has expelled the ambassador. Burkina Faso asked France to recall the ambassador.

Burkina Faso rights group alleges 28 dead in ethnic killings

Jan. 03, 2023 07:48 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Volunteer militia groups supporting Burkina Faso's army have killed dozens of civilians of the ethnic Fulani group, including children, in the troubled country's west, a local rights group charged on Tuesday. The military supporters killed nearly...