Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso frees prisoners to stem virus spread

2020-04-03 09:26

Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore has pardoned more than 1 200 prisoners in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the poor West African country.

Burkina violence displacing 4 000 people daily: UN

2020-02-21 18:16

More than 4 000 people are being forced to flee their homes each day in Burkina Faso, as attacks on civilians by jihadist militants increase in number and frequency, the UN's refugee agency has said.

'Jihadists' kill 18 civilians in Burkina Faso

2020-02-03 11:08

Suspected jihadists have killed 18 civilians in an attack in northern Burkina Faso, the governor of the Sahel region has said.

Seven children among 14 civilians killed in roadside bomb in Burkina Faso

2020-01-05 17:03

Seven children and four women were among 14 civilians killed when a roadside bomb blew up their bus in northwestern Burkina Faso, the government has said.

In Burkina Faso, cheap improvised 'poor man's bomb' reaps a bloody toll

2019-12-18 15:40

Security experts say that in the arsenal of jihadist groups, whose insurgency is shaking the Sahel state of Burkina Faso, the improvised explosive device (IED) is one of the deadliest weapons.

Three Burkina troops and 20 'terrorists' killed in double attack

2019-12-03 19:23

Three soldiers and "about 20 terrorists" were killed when two army units came under attack in northern Burkina Faso, security sources say.

Burkina Faso attacks kill three soldiers in north: security sources

2019-11-21 19:49

Three soldiers have been killed in two simultaneous attacks in northern Burkina Faso, where the armed forces are struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency, security sources say.

15 killed in northern Burkina Faso attack

2019-10-28 15:55

Gunmen killed 15 civilians in northern Burkina Faso, security and local sources say, in the latest deadly attack as the impoverished West African country battles a jihadist revolt.

Burkina violence forces 267 000 to flee in last 3 months - UNHCR

2019-10-12 10:17

Violence in Burkina Faso has caused more than a quarter of a million people to flee their homes over the last three months, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says.

Burkina Faso coup leader's wife sentenced to 30 years

2019-09-03 21:15

A military tribunal in Burkina Faso has handed down a sentence of 30 years to the wife of a general convicted of leading a deadly coup bid four years ago.


Couple kidnapped in Burkina Faso two years ago found in Mali after escaping

2020-03-14 21:07

A Canadian woman and her Italian partner kidnapped in Burkina Faso in 2018 have been found in good health in the northwest of Mali after fleeing their captors, and were set to be repatriated, diplomatic and UN sources say.

Twenty-four killed in Burkina Faso church attack

2020-02-17 14:19

Gunmen have killed 24 people and wounded 18 in an attack on a Protestant church in a village in northern Burkina Faso, officials said Monday.

Burkina Faso rocked by new jihadist massacre

2020-01-28 17:02

At least 10 men have been killed in a jihadist massacre at a village in Burkina Faso, which is in the grip of a years-long Islamist insurgency, security and local sources have said.

35 civilians killed in double Burkina Faso attack

2019-12-25 10:50

A militant attack in northern Burkina Faso on Tuesday killed 35 civilians, almost all of them women, the president said, one of the deadliest assaults in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the West African country.

Over 9 million facing food shortages in African Sahel: officials

2019-12-09 18:32

The number of people requiring urgent food aid in 16 countries across Africa's Sahel region more than doubled this year to at least 9.4 million amid an increase in violence and insecurity, officials and experts say.

Four people including expat missing in Burkina Faso: govt

2019-11-24 11:51

Four people, including one foreigner, working as service providers on a government telecommunications project have been reported missing in Burkina Faso, a minister said in a statement.

UN says 2.4m people need urgent food aid across Burkina, Mali and Niger

2019-11-19 19:30

More than 2.4 million people need urgent food aid across the central Sahel region, encompassing Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, where rising jihadist violence has triggered a humanitarian crisis, the UN says.

9 killed in Burkina Faso attack

2019-10-21 21:57

Nine people were killed in northern Burkina Faso in the latest attack in a region struggling with a jihadist revolt, a security official says.

Nearly 300 000 flee jihadist violence in Burkina Faso - UN

2019-09-10 10:54

Jihadist violence in Burkina Faso has forced nearly 300 000 people to flee their homes and stopped half a million getting access to health care, the UN and the Red Cross said.

Burkina Faso kidnapping: SA man believed to be dead, but wife holds on to hope

2019-07-30 12:11

A South African man who was kidnapped in Burkina Faso is believed to have died, but his wife refuses to accept this until she has proof.

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