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Burkina Faso’s ousted military ruler flees to Togo

– – Burkina Faso’s ousted military leader, Lt Col Paul-Henri Damiba has reportedly fled to neighbouring Togo after stepping down. Damiba seized power in January this year from a democratically elected president Roch Kaboré, saying he had failed to deal with growing militant Islamist violence. But factions within his own military toppled him last month accusing him of doing very… Read More
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Heavy gunfire heard in Burkina Faso’s capital

– – There are reports of heavy gunfire from the main military camp and some residential areas in Burkina Faso’s capital on Friday. A large blast was also heard near the presidential palace as soldiers were deployed onto the street leading to the presidential palace. It was not clear yet if this latest gunfire was a coup attempt but there… Read More
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Burkina Faso: 50 civilians missing after deadly attack by fighters

– – At least 11 soldiers have been killed and 50 civilians reported missing after armed fighters attacked a military convoy. The 150-vehicle military-escorted convoy was taking supplies to a northern town. In a statement , the government said the assault took place in the commune of Gaskinde in Soum province, where armed groups linked to al-Qaeda and the ISIL… Read More
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Ghana: Security officers flee as terrorist activities in Burkina Faso spillover

– – Some security officers in Ghana have reportedly fled their border posts due to a spillover of terrorist activities from Burkina Faso. One of the border communities which has experienced a spillover of terrorists’ activities is Sapeliga in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region. Local media reports that the situation has compelled unarmed security personnel to… Read More
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ECOWAS lifts sanctions on Mali and Burkina Faso

– – West African leaders have announced the lifting of economic sanctions on Mali amid progress by the coup leaders there to transition into civilian rule. At their summit in Ghana’s capital, Accra the ECOWAS leaders expressed happiness at the new time table presented by Mali following months of negotiation. The ECOWAS envoy to Mali, the former Nigerian President, Goodluck… Read More
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Burkina Faso: UN worried over killing of 50 civilians in rebel attack

– – The United Nations has condemned the latest rebel attacks in Burkina Faso which killed at least 50 civilians. Armed men carried out the attack in a village in northern Burkina Faso. A government spokesman said the attackers struck overnight between Saturday and Sunday in Seytenga commune, part of Seno province, which lies in borderlands where fighters linked to… Read More
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Burkina Faso: UN worried over killing of 50 civilians in rebel attack

– – The United Nations has condemned the latest rebel attacks in Burkina Faso which killed at least 50 civilians. Armed men carried out the attack in a village in northern Burkina Faso. A government spokesman said the attackers struck overnight between Saturday and Sunday in Seytenga commune, part of Seno province, which lies in borderlands where fighters linked to… Read More
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Burkina Faso: Operation to rescue trapped miners suffers setbacks

– – An operation to rescue some eight miners who have been trapped underground in Burkina Faso has suffered some setbacks. The miners have been trapped underground for more than two weeks after torrential rains flooded some communities in the West African country. The floods have also disrupted the operations of the zinc mine at Perkoa following last month’s incident. Reports… Read More
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Burkina Faso: Compaore sentenced to life for Sankara assassination

– – A military tribunal in Burkina Faso has sentenced to life in prison former President Blaise Compaore for his role in the murder of former leader Thomas Sankara. The pan-African leader was assassinated over three decades but it is only now that a trial is taking place to reveal the facts. Compaore was tried and sentenced though in absentia… Read More
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ECOWAS sets new poll deadlines for Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea

West African coup states – Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea have been given new deadlines to ensure elections take place to return them into civilian rule. Leaders of the regional bloc, ECOWAS on Friday after their summit in Ghana’s capital Accra agreed to give Mali’s military transitional government 12 to 16 months to hold elections. In a statement the heads… Read More