Burkino Faso

  • Sep- 2020 -
    15 September
    Burkina Faso soldiers.

    Burkina Army ‘Dismantles’ Jihadist Base, Says Kills Two

    Two jihadists were killed during an operation to break up a jihadist base in northern Burkina Faso, the West African state's army said Tuesday.

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  • Aug- 2020 -
    7 August
    Burkina Faso's armed forces, pictured during training, have carried out security sweeps in an attempt to stem jihadist violence.

    Almost 150 Extrajudicial Killings by Malian, Burkinabe Troops: UN

    Almost 150 people were extrajudicially killed by Malian and Burkinabe security forces in Mali between April and June.

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  • May- 2020 -
    29 May
    Operation Barkhane Bourgou 4

    Ten Jihadists Killed in Western Burkina Faso: Army

    Ten “terrorists” died in an offensive against a jihadist base in the west of Burkina Faso on Thursday, according to the army’s chief of staff. The West African country is battling an Islamist revolt, which has also exacerbated deadly inter-ethnic tensions. Since 2015, nearly 900 people have died and 840,000 have fled their homes. A unit of soldiers and gendarme carried out the offensive in the rural locality of Worou in Sourou province, said the statement, which was not independently verifiable. “This anti-jihadist operation allowed us to neutralize 10 terrorists and to recover weapons and motorcycles,” it said, adding that one gendarme was injured. Burkina Faso’s armed forces are leading counter-terror operations with increasing frequency. The impoverished Sahel country is part of a regional effort to battle an Islamist insurgency, along with Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Chad. Their militaries, under-equipped and poorly trained, are struggling despite help from France, which has 5,000 troops in the region. Unrest in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger killed around 4,000 people last year, according to UN figures.

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