Investigators probe deadly twin attacks in Ouagadougou

2018-03-04 07:30

Authorities in Burkina Faso were are hunting for clues about the masterminds behind Friday's deadly twin attacks on the French embassy and the country's military HQ.

3 Islamic extremist groups in Mali merge, pledge to al-Qaeda

2017-03-03 14:47

Three prominent Islamic extremist groups in Mali have announced they have merged into one and pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda's leader, according to an organisation that monitors jihadist websites.

Mali arrests two suspects in planned terror attack

2017-01-28 07:04

Malian officials say two suspected jihadists have been arrested after they planned to stage a suicide attack in the capital Bamako during the France-Africa summit earlier this month.

14 members of pro-govt militia killed in Mali attack

2017-01-22 12:00

A pro-government militia in Mali says it has lost 14 fighters in an attack blamed on former rebels, three days after a suicide car bomber left more than 70 dead.

Niger says US aid worker likely held by Mali jihadists

2016-10-17 08:30

A US aid worker kidnapped in Niger is likely being held by jihadists from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, the country's interior minister says.

10 held in Burkina over jihadist attacks

2016-07-01 05:39

Authorities in Burkina Faso have arrested 10 people over a jihadist attack on a hotel and café in the capital and a separate rampage at a resort in neighbouring Ivory Coast.

UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attacks

2016-06-01 16:01

Three people have been killed in two separate attacks on UN targets in the city of Gao in Mali.

Ghana, Togo boost security after attack warning

2016-04-25 21:53

Security has been beefed up in Accra and Lome following a leaked intelligence report that indicated Islamist militants were likely to launch their next attacks in Ghana and Togo.

Al-Qaeda focuses on soft targets in West Africa

2016-03-14 22:54

The attack on an Ivory Coast beach resort by an al-Qaeda affiliate is the latest sign it is shifting its focus to soft targets.

US urges tighter West Africa responses

2016-03-02 06:02

West Africa's armed forces, police and governments need to ramp up cross-border links to contain Islamist groups now increasingly staging spectacular attacks on civilian targets, US and local top brass say.


New security measures in Burkina capital after attacks

2017-09-05 12:31

Burkina Faso has put in place new security measures in the capital Ouagadougou following attacks by suspected jihadists last month that killed 19 people, the security minister says.

Colombian nun kidnapping: Mali arrests 2

2017-02-09 08:29

Mali's security forces have arrested two suspects in their search for a Colombian nun kidnapped the night before from a church in southern Mali.

Three Malian soldiers killed in landmine blast

2017-01-23 11:30

Three Malian soldiers have died and a fourth has been seriously injured after their vehicle hit a landmine in the troubled north, the army says.

Search for French aid worker kidnapped in Mali

2016-12-26 14:58

A Frenchwoman who runs an organisation for malnourished children has been kidnapped in Mali's restive north, France's foreign ministry has confirmed, as French troops joined in the search for the aid worker.

Niger hunts kidnapped US aid worker

2016-10-16 10:02

Niger has launched an army operation to hunt down a kidnapped American aid worker, the west African country's interior minister says.

Senegal imam school teacher jailed for condoning terrorism

2016-06-01 20:33

A Senegalese court has sentenced a geography teacher to a year in jail for condoning terrorism while serving as an imam in his spare time.

Gunmen storm Burkina police station

2016-05-18 23:45

Two police were wounded, one of them seriously, when heavily-armed gunmen attacked a Burkina police station near the border with Mali.

Algeria says militant chief killed

2016-03-15 06:19

A militant leader who joined the Islamic State jihadist group has been killed in an army operation west of the Algerian capital.

Ivory Coast tightens security

2016-03-14 21:56

Ivory Coast authorities have ordered three days of mourning and tightened security at public places and at its borders after the first jihadist attack on its soil.

Malian jihadist accused of Timbuktu war crimes

2016-03-01 23:30

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have accused a Malian jihadist of a war crime by attacking the centuries-old world heritage site of Timbuktu.

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