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Blaise Compaoré to boycott Thomas Sankara murder trial

– – Burkina Faso’s former President, Blaise Compaoré who is now living in exile will not attend this month’s trial over the 1987 assassination of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara. The trial is due to start on Monday. Compaoré’s lawyers have also signaled their intention to boycott the proceedings, describing it as “staged” and “political”. Compaoré ousted Thomas Sankara in 1987 and has since been suspected of playing a role in the death of the former military leader. Military prosecutors in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou said on Tuesday that the trial…

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Burkina Faso: Death toll from jihadist attack rises to 80

– – Authorities in Burkina Faso have said that the number of people who died in Wednesday’s jihadist attack has risen to 80. The deaths occurred when a military convoy escorting civilians in northern Burkina Faso was attacked by militants. Almost 60 of the victims were civilians, according to authorities with others being soldiers and members of a pro-government militia. Burkina Faso’s information ministry also revealed that eighty Islamist militants were also killed in an attack near the town of Arbinda. This is latest attack in the Sahel region of…

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Thomas Sankara murder trial to start in October

– – Burkina Faso officials have announced that the trial of former Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré and 13 others accused of assassinating Thomas Sankara will start on 11 October. Compaoré ousted Thomas Sankara in 1987 and has since been suspected of playing a role in the death of the former military leader. Military prosecutors in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou said on Tuesday that the trial will be conducted in public. A military tribunal indicted Compaoré in April this year for “attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment…

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Thousands stage protest over massacre in Burkina Faso

– – Thousands of people poured onto the streets of Burkina Faso, demanding an end to the wave of killings in the West African country. It follows last month’s massacre that killed more than 130 people. The protest organized by the opposition in the capital, Ouagadougou, saw protesters waving the red and green Burkinabe flag and blowing whistles. “We had to show our dissatisfaction, show the distress of citizens who are crying out for security and peace,” said opposition supporter Alpha Yago on the side-lines of the protest. One protester held a placard…

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Burkina Faso: Ex-leader Compaoré to stand trial for Sankara murder

– – The former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré is to face charges of murder of Thomas Sankara. Compaoré ousted Thomas Sankara in 1987 and has since been suspected of playing a role in the death of the former military leader. A military tribunal in Burkina Faso on Tuesday indicted the former president for “attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of corpse”. Thirteen other people were among those charged along with the former president. The warrants “to bring defendants not yet detained” were issued early Tuesday,…

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Burkina Faso: Citizens vote in crucial election amid jihadist threat

Nine presidential candidates and 22 opposition parties signed an agreement in August to rally behind any candidate who reaches the second round of the vote to boost their chances of unseating President Kaboré. For the first time in Burkina Faso’s history, citizens living abroad will be eligible to vote, in accordance with demands from the populist uprising that ousted former President Compaoré. Ivory Coast is home to more than 1.7m potential voters. Results are expected within days. Sourced from Africa Feeds

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Burkina Faso: Gunmen open fire inside church, kill at least 14

Gunmen in Burkina Faso on Sunday opened fire on worshipers at a church killing at least 14 people. Local media reported that the victims were attending a service at a church in Hantoukoura, in the eastern part of the country. According to a local government statement, many people also sustained injuries in the attack. There are no details of the motive behind the attack yet. AFP news agency reported that that the gunmen carried out the attack, “executing the faithful including the pastor and children”. Burkina Faso for months now…

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Burkina Faso: Families look for missing relatives after mine attack

Distraught families urged authorities to let them view the bodies of victims of an attack near a gold mine in Burkina Faso as dozens of workers who could have been caught in the ambush remained unaccounted for on Friday. At least 38 people were killed on Wednesday when a convoy of five buses came under fire by militants on a road leading to the Boungou mine, operated by Canadian gold miner Semafo. Public prosecutor Harouna Yoda said the government had opened an investigation in the attack. The 38 bodies had…

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Burkinabe army outposts attacked, five killed

Militants have launched two attacks on military outposts in northern Burkina Faso, killing five people. The Burkinabe army said on Saturday that four soldiers and one police officer were killed in the attacks. A statement from the army said unidentified assailants attacked a military position in the town of Bahn and another in the village of Yense in the early hours of Saturday. It said the attacks happened “almost at the same moment,”  but added troops were able to retain control of their posts and repel the attackers. Burkina Faso…

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500,000 Burkinabes flee their homes due to violence

The United Nations has said that about 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in Burkina Faso due to jihadist violence since January this year. The global body said many of those who fled their homes were from two regions of Burkina Faso. Those regions have been hit by ethnic and jihadist violence, increasing more than six-fold since the beginning of the year. The United Nations and aid groups said on Friday that in a statement health care and education have been crippled by the state of insecurity…

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