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...
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...
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Authorities say gunmen have attacked a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, killing a priest and five worshippers.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suspected extremists kill Burkina Faso government official
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A security ministry spokesman says assailants have shot dead the prefect of Oursi in Burkina Faso's Sahel region.
Jean Paul Badoum told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Patrice Kabore's home was burned and the suspected extremists laid the prefect's body out front. Oursi is in Ouadalan province in the north near the Mali border, where attacks by extremist groups have increased in the past year.
Idrissa Ouedraogo, leading African filmmaker, dies at 64
Idrissa Ouedraogo, whose simple, carefully observed movies about cultural change in Burkina Faso and elsewhere in Africa brought him international acclaim and a top award at the Cannes International Film Festival, died Feb. 18 in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, where he lived. He was 64.
The country’s president, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, announced the death on Twitter. No cause was given.
West African leaders plan strategy against extremist threat
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — West African heads of states denounced extremism during a visit to Burkina Faso's capital Monday, vowing to strengthen cooperation to defeat Islamic militants who carried out two simultaneous attacks in Ouagadougou that killed at least eight people Friday.
Ex-Burkina Faso soldier may have been in extremist attacks
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A former Burkina Faso soldier may have participated in Friday's simultaneous attacks by al-Qaida-linked extremists on the army headquarters and heavily-guarded French Embassy in the capital.
The government has launched an investigation into the attacks which killed eight soldiers and injured more than 80. French military experts are expected in Ouagadougou to help with the probe, according to a government statement.
Brazen Burkina Faso attacks raise concern of growing threat
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's leaders urged vigilance Saturday, a day after brazen Islamic extremist attacks on the army headquarters and French Embassy in the capital, which killed eight people. An al-Qaida-linked group based in neighboring Mali claimed responsibility for the assaults.
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The latest on the deadly attacks in the capital of the African nation of Burkina Faso (all times local):
An al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremist group based in Mali is claiming responsibility for the attacks in the capital of neighboring Burkina Faso that killed at least eight people and wounded more than 80 others.
Security forces killed at least eight attackers after they targeted the French Embassy and army headquarters in Ouagadougou on Friday.
Deadly attacks by extremists strike Burkina Faso capital
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Islamic extremists struck the French Embassy and army headquarters in simultaneous attacks of gunfire and explosives Friday in Burkina Faso's capital, killing eight people and wounding more than 80 others. All eight militants were slain by security forces.
The Latest: France vows to keep fighting extremist violence
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The Latest on the attack in Burkina Faso's capital (all times local):
French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken with the president of Burkina Faso to express his condolences and support after an attack in that nation's capital.
Trial suspended for masterminds of Burkina Faso coup attempt
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The trial began Tuesday for 84 people accused of masterminding a 2015 coup attempt in Burkina Faso, with the West African nation's capital under tight security.
Former presidential aides Gen. Gilbert Diendere and Gen. Djibril Bassole are among those facing a military tribunal. Hundreds of security forces deployed around the court building.
Legendary African filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo dies at 64
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Colleagues say prolific filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo has died in his home country of Burkina Faso.
The National Union of Burkina Faso Filmmakers on Sunday announced Ouedraogo's death at the age of 64 from an undisclosed illness.
West Africa’s extremism spreading as thousands flee homes
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — West Africa's extremist threat has moved into a new part of the vast Sahel region, with a previously calm area of Burkina Faso facing the kinds of assaults that have forced thousands elsewhere to flee over the past year.
Gunmen ambush, kill 2 police in north Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's government says gunmen have killed two policemen who were patrolling a market in the West African nation's northern Baraboule district.
The government said Monday that police troops and anti-terrorist forces have been sent and are searching the area near Petegoli in Soum Province in search of the assailants.
Death toll now 26 in Mali truck blast, including 4 children
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's government says the death toll has risen to 26 after a truck hit an improvised explosive device.
The government says six women and four children are among the dead in Thursday's blast that occurred shortly after the truck entered Mali from northern Burkina Faso.
The government says authorities are working to identify the victims, who were from both West African countries and had been traveling for a weekly market.
13 traders dead after truck hits explosive device in Mali
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A local councilman says at least 13 people have died after their truck hit an improvised explosive device after entering Mali from northern Burkina Faso.
Moumouni Tamboura, who works in Djibo village in Burkina Faso, said Thursday the dead were traders who leave Burkina Faso every Thursday for a weekly market in Mali. He says they were killed near Boni village in Mali.
Burkina Faso’s government suspends trade with North Korea
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's government says it has suspended trade relations with North Korea to conform to United Nations Security Council sanctions over its nuclear weapons program.
African nations are under growing pressure to cut military and trade ties with Pyongyang. Uganda this year expelled North Korean military experts and representatives of North Korean companies.
French president calls for migrant smuggling crackdown
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron called the trafficking of African migrants a "crime against humanity" on Tuesday as he made his first major address on the continent before a crowd of university students in Burkina Faso.
In a wide-ranging speech that lasted nearly two hours, Macron proposed a crackdown on human smuggling networks between Africa and Europe.
The Latest: Macron answers Burkina Faso students’ questions
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The Latest on visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Burkina Faso (all times local):
French President Emmanuel Macron has addressed several students' questions with a sense of humor and authority in a noisy classroom atmosphere after giving a speech at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Macron seeks to rethink Africa relations, faces tensions
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron landed late Monday in West Africa, where he is expected to try to revive French influence and move beyond post-colonial tensions despite threats of demonstrations.
In his first big speech on Africa, the 39-year-old leader is expected to focus on more pragmatic relations, such as supporting startup entrepreneurs instead of giving aid.
Suspected jihadists kill at least 6 in northern Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Local government and security officials say suspected jihadists have staged an attack in Burkina Faso's northern Soum province, killing at least six people.
Issa Tamboura, mayor of the provincial capital Djibo, said Friday the heavily armed assailants came on motorbikes and wounded several others. He says they also set fire to a bar before leaving the village of Taouremba.
Peace Corps evacuates Burkina Faso volunteers
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The Peace Corps has evacuated 124 volunteers from Burkina Faso due to security concerns, the United States embassy in Burkina Faso said.
Burkina Faso stunned by another deadly extremist attack
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The scene was all too familiar: Islamic extremists striking a popular dining spot while dozens of patrons, many of them foreigners, took a break from daily life in Burkina Faso. Victims were gunned down at random. Gunfire rang out for hours as special forces worked to secure the scene.
Mudslides and flooding kill 300 in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Mudslides and torrential flooding killed more than 300 people in and around Sierra Leone’s capital early Monday following heavy rains, with many victims trapped in homes buried under tons of mud.
Survivors and volunteers dug through the mud and debris at times with their bare hands in a desperate search for missing relatives, and military personnel were deployed to help with the rescue operation in the West African nation.