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.
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.
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.
The Latest: 2 Canadians among 18 dead in Burkina Faso attack
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The Latest on the attack in Burkina Faso (all times local):
Canada's foreign minister says two Canadians were among 18 people killed in a suspected extremist attack on a popular restaurant in Burkina Faso.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said her heartfelt condolences go out to the loved ones of this targeted attack. Freeland says Canadian consular officials are providing assistance to their loved ones.