UN chief concerned about Sahel extremism

2016-03-04 05:18
Ban Ki-Moon is on two-day visit to Burkina Faso as part of his West Africa tour. (Ahmed Ouoba, AFP)

Ban Ki-Moon is on two-day visit to Burkina Faso as part of his West Africa tour. (Ahmed Ouoba, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Ouagadougou - The United Nations secretary general says he is deeply concerned by attacks by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso and West Africa, urging a global response.

Ban Ki-moon spoke on Thursday in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou. Extremists in January attacked a café and hotel here, killing at least 30 people in the first such attack in the capital. The violence closely mirrored the siege of an upmarket hotel in Bamako, Mali in November that killed 20 people.

Burkina Faso also contributes troops to the UN mission in Mali, where five of its soldiers were killed by jihadists last year.

Ban said countries in the Sahel region, below the Sahara Desert, must address security issues, focusing on what causes instability, including poverty, unemployment, discrimination and impunity.

Ban is to travel to Mauritania next.

Read more on:    un  |  ban ki-moon  |  burkina faso  |  west africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.