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Burkina Faso queries Human Rights Watch report on army killings

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso’s government on Friday questioned the conclusions of a Human Rights Watch report which said that the West African country’s armed forces may have carried out mass executions.

Wednesday’s HRW report said government forces were likely to have been behind killings between November 2019 and June 2020 around Djibo, a town in the north of Burkina Faso, where at least 180 bodies were found in common graves.

Attack in northern Burkina Faso kills at least 15

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - At least 15 people were killed following an attack on a convoy transporting traders in a town in northern Burkina Faso on Friday, the government said on Saturday.

The attack, carried out by an unidentified group of assailants, left several others wounded. Many more were still unaccounted for, the government said in a statement.

Burkina Faso has been battling armed combatants with links to al Qaeda and the Islamic State since 2017.

Burkina Faso prosecutor launches probe after 12 ‘terrorism’ suspects die in detention

OUAGADOUGOU,  May 15 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A Burkina Faso prosecutor has launched an investigation after 12 people died during the same night in detention cells, hours after they were arrested for suspected terrorism-related offences in a town in the east of the country.

The case comes weeks after advocacy group Human Rights Watch said it believed Burkina Faso security forces summarily executed 31 unarmed detainees during operations against Islamist militants.

Coronavirus curfew creates water shortage for Burkina Faso's poorest

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Nowadays Rahinatou Diasso scolds her children when they wash with too much water. It has become a precious resource since Burkina Faso’s coronavirus curfew stopped those in poor areas from accessing communal fountains that only flow at night in the dry season.

As a result, families like Diasso’s ration water and jostle in line to fill empty jerry-cans from privately-owned water towers during the day even as the Burkinabe authorities urge them to take extra precautions and avoid crowds to curb the fastest rate of coronavirus infection in West Africa.

Gunmen kill 24 in attack near church in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation.

The mayor of Boundore commune, Sihanri Osangola Brigadie, said the attack occurred in the town of Pansi in Yagha province. The roughly 20 attackers separated men from women close to a Protestant church. At least 18 other people were injured.

35 civilians, 80 jihadists killed in attack in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Jihadists attacked a town in northern Burkina Faso and killed 35 civilians, most of them women, and ensuing clashes with security forces left 80 jihadists dead, the West African nation’s president announced late Tuesday.

The violence, which erupted in the town of Arbinda in Sahel region near the country’s border with Mali, lasted for several hours, according to a military statement. Seven members of the security forces who responded also were killed.

3 killed in Burkina Faso attack

OUAGADOUGOU, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- An attack by unidentified gunmen Wednesday killed at least three people in the northern Loroum province in Burkina Faso, said the country's state news agency AIB.

The attack occurred at Bouna village, about 10 km east of Titao, the capital city of the province.

The African country has been marred by worsening security situation with attacks on a daily basis, which mostly happened in northern regions. The army has scaled up nationwide counter-terror operations.

37 killed in Burkina Faso's deadliest attack in five years

7 November 2019; AFP: An ambush on a convoy transporting employees of a Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso killed 37 people on Wednesday, the deadliest attack in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the West African country.

The impoverished and politically fragile Sahel country has been struggling to quell a rising jihadist revolt that has claimed hundreds of lives since early 2015.

At least 14 killed in Burkina Faso shootings

OUAGADOUGOU, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- At least 14 people were killed in gun shootings over the weekend in northern Burkina Faso, local media said on Monday.

On Sunday evening, eight people were killed in Zoura village, northern Bam Province, by unknown gunmen.

On Saturday, a gun shooting claimed at least six lives in Dambatao, northern Loroum province.

Burkina Faso has seen an upsurge of terrorist attacks. Since 2015, a spate of terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso has killed more than 500 people and internally displaced more than 450,000 others.

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