Armed men attack Burkina Faso mosque, kill at least 16
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Armed men stormed the grand mosque in Burkina Faso's northern village of Salmossi, killing at least 16 people and wounding two others, a local official said...
25 dead after extremists attack army camps in central Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked groups attacked two army bases in central Mali, killing at least 25 people and leaving 60 missing, Mali's government said Tuesday.
West African leaders meet on extremism in the region
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The heads of state from 15 countries in the West African economic bloc known as ECOWAS met Saturday to discuss the fight against Islamic extremism and the impact...
Extremists attacks in Burkina Faso kill 29 civilians
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's government says suspected extremists have carried out two attacks killing a total of 29 people in the West African nation.
Burkina Faso court convicts 2 generals over coup attempt
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Burkina Faso military court on Monday sentenced two generals to 20 and 10 years in jail for masterminding a 2015 coup attempt against the interim...
Report: West, Central Africa violence closes 9,000 schools
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Fourteen-year-old Hussaini said he first heard screaming. Then people fired guns, shooting at and killing at least one of his teachers in his northern Burkina Faso...
Burkina Faso president says extremists kill 24 soldiers
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An attack by extremists in Burkina Faso's northern province has killed at least 24 soldiers, one of the deadliest attacks on military in the West African nation's history,...
38 dead in latest intercommunal violence in central Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A pair of attacks on ethnic Dogon villages in central Mali has left at least 38 people dead and many wounded in the latest intercommunal violence to destabilize the troubled...
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Authorities in Mali say at least seven people are dead after an attack in Koury, near the West African country's troubled border with Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso minister warns terrorists gain ground in Sahel
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of Burkina Faso warned Thursday that terrorist activity in Africa's volatile Sahel region is gaining ground and there is "a very real risk" of...
Mali calls for more EU help amid attacks in Africa’s Sahel
BRUSSELS (AP) — The impoverished West African country of Mali on Tuesday urged the European Union to step up support for the Sahel region amid a spate of extremist attacks, as France buried two...
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday defended a military operation to free hostages held in Burkina Faso that left two French special forces officers dead.
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Authorities say gunmen have attacked a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, killing a priest and five worshippers.
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron greeted three ex-hostages as they arrived on French soil Saturday, one day after a pre-dawn military operation freed them in Burkina Faso but cost the...
PARIS (AP) — Two French special forces officers were killed Friday in a military operation in the West African nation of Burkina Faso that freed four people from the United States, France and...
2 French tourists go missing in Benin near Burkina Faso
COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Two French tourists are feared kidnapped in the West African nation of Benin after they failed to return from a game drive in a wildlife reserve and their guide was later...
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Niger for the final stop of her three-nation West Africa tour.
Earlier on Thursday Merkel met with some of the 850 German...
Pastor, 5 others killed in Burkina Faso church attack
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Burkina Faso government spokesman says six people, including a pastor, have been killed in an attack on a Christian church in the country's north.
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to West Africa this week, visiting Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger to express Germany's commitment to stability and developmental cooperation...
Security Council heads to 2 African hotspots for extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council is heading to Mali and Burkina Faso for a first-hand look at the challenges their governments are facing in the hotspots for extremist attacks in...
Burkina Faso says its forces have killed 29 extremists
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's armed forces say defense and security forces killed 29 extremists in an operation last week in the country's east.
Jihadists retaliate after Burkina Faso military offensive
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The commander general of Burkina Faso's army says five gendarmes are dead and three wounded after jihadists retaliated against counterterror operations that killed 146 of their fighters earlier this week.
Commander Gen. Moise Minoungou also said late Tuesday that armed forces killed 21 jihadists after they attacked a military base in Oursi.
Burkina Faso forces kill 146 jihadists after village attack
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's armed forces have killed 146 jihadists in counterterror operations in the northwest near the border with Mali, the army's commander general said.
The response came after armed men attacked Kain village in Yatenga province early Monday, killing 14 people, Gen. Moise Minoungou said on national television late Monday. The operations, including air support, also targeted Bahn in the north region and Bomboro in the Boucle du Mouhoun region.
Gunmen kill 14 in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region in 2 attacks
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen have killed at least 14 people in Burkina Faso's volatile Sahel region in the past two days, attacking a marketplace and military base, officials said Monday.
2 UN peacekeepers killed in attack in central Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Two Sri Lankan peacekeepers with the United Nations force in Mali were killed Friday after their convoy struck an explosive device in the central Mopti region, the U.N. said.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' spokesman said six Sri Lankan peacekeepers were injured in the blast near the town of Douentza.
Burkina Faso names new government amid extremist threats
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's president has nominated a new prime minister after a mass resignation last week.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Saturday appointed Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire as the West African nation's new premier in a decree read on Burkina Faso National Television.
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Burkina Faso: Body of Canadian found days after abduction
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been found dead a day after reports of his kidnapping by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso's volatile north near the Niger border, the West African nation's security ministry said Thursday.
The ministry said Kirk Woodman's body was found 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the site where he worked for Progress Mineral Mining Company.
Woodman's son, Matt Woodman, emailed The Associated Press confirming his father's death.
Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso near its border with Niger, the West African nation's security ministry said Wednesday.
The Canadian man, identified as Kirk Woodman, was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in Tiabongou, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mansila in Yagha province, said ministry spokesman Jean Paul Badoum. Woodman worked for the Progress Mineral Mining Company.
Death toll in Burkina Faso community clashes rises to 46
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's government says the death toll has jumped to 46 in community clashes earlier this week amid growing fears of extremism.
Spokesman Remis Dandjinou in a statement read on national television on Friday said the new toll remains provisional while the fighting is under investigation. He called the attempt to divide the country's people "despicable."
American Kennel Club adds a breed: the speedy, sleek Azawakh
NEW YORK (AP) — A fleet-footed hound that hails from West Africa is the latest dog in the American Kennel Club's pack of recognized breeds.
The club announced Wednesday that the Azawakh (AHZ'-ah-wahk) became the 193rd breed in its roster. That means Azawakhs can now compete in many dog shows, though they're not eligible for the prominent Westminster Kennel Club show until 2020.
Burkina Faso says 10 gendarmes killed in ambush near Mali
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's security minister says 10 gendarmes have been killed in an ambush after unidentified attackers set fire to a school near the border with Mali.
Clement Sawadogo says troops who arrived to reinforce the gendarmes in Sourou province early Thursday accidentally triggered an explosive device, injuring three members of the security forces.
The West African nation has seen increasing attacks by Islamic extremists since 2015.
At least 6 Burkina Faso policemen dead as vehicle hits bomb
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso authorities say at least six policemen are dead after their vehicle struck an explosive device in the country's north.
Yatenga regional spokesman Emile Bayala says the police convoy was ambushed Friday night as it was being deployed to the community of Solle to secure the area from a growing extremist threat.
Five other policemen were wounded in a shootout with the attackers.
French airstrike targets extremists in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — At least eight members of Burkina Faso's security forces are dead after a pair of attacks in the turbulent east, the country's security minister said Thursday, while France's military said it carried out an airstrike against extremists fleeing one of the scenes.
The West African nation is the latest in the region to wrestle with the growing threat from extremist groups that in recent months have found refuge in the forested east near the border with Niger.
8 Burkina Faso soldiers die after vehicle hits explosive
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's government says eight soldiers are dead after their vehicle hit an explosive device in Soum province.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore condemned Wednesday's attack that occurred between Baraboule and Djibo in the Sahel region. This raises the death toll of security forces to 11 since Sunday.
Kabore says the attacks would not affect the country's determination to defend itself and establish peace and security.
Burkina Faso cracks down on motorbike-riding extremists
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Growing attacks by motorbike-riding extremists who flee into the forest have led Burkina Faso's government to ban the use of motorbikes and bike carts from sunset to sunrise in its troubled east.
The West African nation also announced this week it will monitor cars and trucks in the area near the border with Niger, which is fast becoming a hideout for extremist groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State organization.
Niger says Italian priest kidnapped near Burkina Faso border
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — An Italian priest has been kidnapped in a part of Niger where a number of extremist groups are active, the West African nation said Tuesday.
Government spokesman Zakaria Abdourahmane said authorities had not been aware the priest was in the country's southwest near the Burkina Faso border. He said investigations have begun to find the attackers and free the priest.
Burkina Faso arrests 30 over illegal female circumcisions
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso authorities have jailed more than 30 adults after they carried out botched female genital mutilation on nearly 60 infants and girls who have been hospitalized.
Viviane Ursule Sanou, head of the National Secretariat against Circumcision, said Tuesday the banned procedure was carried out on girls and young women ranging from 10 months to 24 years old in the capital, Ouagadougou, Kaya in the north and two towns in the central east.
At least 9 killed in extremist attacks in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Authorities in Burkina Faso say extremists have killed at least nine civilians in two attacks in the country's east.
The governorate of the eastern region says six people including an imam were killed in one attack on a mosque in the community of Diabiga. In Friday's other attack, three members of a family were shot dead in Kompienga province.
Until now, extremists in that part of the West African country have largely targeted security forces.
8 Burkina Faso security force members killed by land mine
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Burkina Faso army official says eight security force members were killed when their vehicle hit an explosive device while driving in the country's east toward the Benin border.
In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The extremists approached the shepherd and made their intentions clear: They were seizing only the cattle owned by the deputy mayor of Burkina Faso's rural commune of Deou and leaving the others alone.
And they had a message, deputy mayor Moustapha Sawadogo said: "All officials should leave the Sahel or face death."
Suspected jihadis kill 6 in east Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso State TV reports that five gendarmes and one civilian have been killed between the rural communes of Boungou and Ougarou in the nation's far east.
It reports the vehicle hit an explosive device late Saturday while gendarmes were escorting mining workers to their extraction site.
This comes as Islamic extremists are moving to the region, where they can hide in the thick forested areas, and are launching more attacks on security forces.
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's army says its counterterror forces have captured some 60 extremists along the border with Mali and Niger during operations conducted since July 8.
The military said Thursday its forces also dismantled several extremist bases and seized explosives.
The border with Mali and Niger is home to jihadists who kidnap and kill officials, sometimes in connection with other Islamic extremist groups in West Africa's vast Sahel region.
Donkeys stolen, skinned in Africa to feed Chinese demand
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Dawn was just beginning to break when Joseph Kamonjo Kariuki woke to find his donkeys missing. The villager searched the bush frantically for the animals he depends on to deliver water for a living, but they were nowhere to be found.
It was the village's children who led Kariuki to the ghastly remains: three bloody, severed donkey heads lying on the ground.
UN says 6 million struggling to get food in Africa’s Sahel
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that nearly 6 million people are struggling to get food in West Africa's Sahel region and severe malnutrition is threatening the lives of 1.6 million children.
Mark Lowcock said in a statement that these levels haven't been seen since a crisis in 2012 "and the most critical months are still ahead."
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's parliament has abolished the death penalty by adopting a new penal code that strikes it as a possible sentence.
Justice Minister Rene Bagoro said Thursday that the revised document paves the way for "more credible, equitable, accessible and effective justice in the application of criminal law."
The death penalty was kept in the version of the criminal code adopted in 1996, but Burkina Faso has not imposed capital punishment recently.
BEIJING (AP) — The West African Nation of Burkina Faso formally resumed diplomatic ties with China on Saturday after breaking off relations with Taiwan, which now has just 18 diplomatic allies.
Burkina Faso's decision was the latest blow to Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that Beijing claims as its own territory and has been seeking to isolate on the global stage.
Earlier this month, the Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations with China and severed ties with Taiwan.
Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Burkina Faso has broken diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the West African nation's foreign minister said Thursday, in the latest blow to the self-ruled island that Beijing has been trying to isolate on the global stage.
Burkina Faso's decision means Taiwan is recognized as a sovereign nation by only 18 mainly small, developing countries. Earlier this month, the Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations with China and severed ties with Taiwan.
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Burkina Faso official says three extremists and one member of the security forces have been killed during an effort to dismantle an Islamic extremist group's operation in the outskirts of the capital.
Security Minister Clement Sawadogo says four members of the security forces and two civilians were also wounded in the shootout that began early Tuesday morning. He says the fighting lasted for six hours in Rayongo outside Ouagadougou.