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Country profile for Burkina Faso

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  • Capital: Ouagadougou
  • Major Languages: French
  • Currency: West African CFA Franc
  • Timezone: GMT

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Map of Burkina Faso

At the end of October 2014 President Blaise Compaore resigned after 27 years in office. The move came after days of violent protests against his plans to amend the constitution to allow him to stay in power beyond 2015. The military took control of the country and installed Michel Kafando as the interim president before elections in November 2015, which were won by Roch Marc Christian Kabore.  Two months before the elections, members of the presidential guard (RSP) led by General Gilbert Diendere carried out a short-lived coup, briefly detaining the interim president and Prime Minister Isaac Zida.  The country has since stabilised, although there is the possibility of further power struggles between the military and opposition groups which could lead to a more serious civil conflict. President Roch Kabore was re-elected for another five-year term in November 2020. He pledged to strive for “peace and development” during his second term following a significant increase in attacks attributed to an Islamist insurgency across the Sahel region. 

In January 2016 gunmen stormed the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou and took scores of people hostage.  Commandos carried out a rescue operation using explosives, leading to a gun battle with the militants.  Around 170 hostages were eventually rescued but 30 people were killed, including many foreign nationals, and more than 50 others wounded during the siege.  Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack via the Mali-based al-Murabitoun group, saying it was carried out as "revenge against France and the disbelieving West".  The same group also carried out the attack in Grand-Bassam in neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire in March 2016. Al-Mourabitoun militants also kidnapped two elderly Australian nationals in northern Burkina Faso in January 2016.  One of the victims, Jocelyn Elliot, was later released following mediation led by the president of Niger. In September 2018 three foreign nationals were kidnapped from a gold mine near Inata; in December 2018 a Canadian man and an Italian woman were abducted by gunmen in Bobo-Dioulasso. The following month, another Canadian man - Kirk Woodman - was kidnapped from a mine in the north-eastern Yagha province. He was found dead a few days after his abduction.

Further terrorist attacks were reported in 2017 when gunmen targeted the Aziz Istanbul restaurant in Ouagadougou, and in 2018 when 16 people were killed in an assault on the French Embassy and army headquarters in the capital. Since the summer of 2018, there has been a significant increase in violence in the north and east of the country, including the Sahel region and areas close to the border with Niger. Gendarmes and other members of the security forces have been killed in targeted attacks, which have included the use of roadside bombs. Security operations have been increased and the government imposed a ban on the use of motorbikes, which have been used in several attacks, near the Nigerian border. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the violence. In November 2019 gunmen attacked a convoy of mining workers near the eastern town of Boungou, killing 37 people and wounding 60 others.

The country is extremely poor and petty crime is a serious issue in Burkina Faso. The situation is acute in the capital, most notably around the UN Circle and Avenue Kwame N’Krumah and caution is advised in these areas. Crime is also reported to be high in Bobo Dioulasso, including in and around the city’s main market. There is also a risk of banditry when travelling through the remote areas of the country. Avoid travelling at night wherever possible and use reliable local guides and drivers.

Burkina Faso is among a number of countries worldwide which have been hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

Alerts for Burkina Faso

Six killed in ambush on military convoy

At least six people have been killed after gunmen ambushed a military convoy near the border with Niger. The troops were escorting fuel tankers from a gold mine on a road between Sakoani and Matiacoali when they were targeted on Sunday. Seven others were wounded in the attack, which has been blamed on jihadist militants who operate across the borders of Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.

Mine convoy attacked near Niger border

A convoy of mineworkers has been attacked near the border with Niger. A police officer escorting the vehicles was wounded in the attack, which took place on Tuesday. The Canadian mining company Iamgold Corp said it has suspended operations between the Essakane mine. "After analysis of the situation, all convoys coming or going to Essakane are cancelled until further notice," the Toronto-listed company said.

Death toll from jihadist attack rises to 80

The death toll from Wednesday's jihadist attack in northern Burkina Faso has risen to 80. Three-quarters of the victims were civilians, while the rest were soldiers and members of a pro-government militia. The information ministry said that 80 militants were also killed in heavy fighting near the town of Arbinda.

Dozens killed in Arbinda attack

At least 47 people have been killed in an attack in the northern town of Arbinda. At least 30 civilians, 14 soldiers and three pro-government militiamen died in the raid. State media reported that 16 rebel fighters also died in heavy fighting at the scene. The incident follows a series of high-profile attacks in Burkina Faso and neighbouring Niger.

Twelve soldiers killed in Boucle du Mouhoun attack

At least 12 Burkina Faso soldiers have been killed in an attack in the north-western Boucle du Mouhoun region. Seven others are missing following an ambush in the Toeni commune on Sunday. The incident comes days after 30 civilians, soldiers and militia fighters were killed by suspected jihadists near the border with Niger.

Thirty killed in attacks in northern Burkina Faso

At least 30 people have been killed in a series of attacks near the northern border with Burkina Faso. Fifteen soldiers, 11 civilians and four members of a pro-government militia died in the raids on villages near the town of Markoye on Wednesday afternoon. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

Army destroys militant base during operations

The Burkina Faso army says it has destroyed a militant base during operations in the Toulfé and Tougbrebouli forests. Dozens of militants were reportedly killed during the offensive, which took place last week, while three soldiers were killed and eight others wounded. The army said that there have also been increased patrols in the Kabore Tambi National Park in the east of the country.

Ten killed in northern Burkina Faso

At least 10 people have been killed in a suspected jihadist attack in northern Burkina Faso. Seven of the victims were members of a local civilian defence force. Several houses were also torched in the village of Niha-Mossi, forcing residents to flee to the town of Pensa in Sanmatenga province.

Thousands join rallies against insecurity

Thousands of people have joined rallies across Burkina Faso to protest against the ongoing insecurity in the country. The opposition has accused the government of failing to provide security for civilians and called for a national conference to discuss the crisis. Last month more than 160 people were killed in an attack in Solhan in the north of the country, while more than a million people have been displaced.

President takes control of defence ministry

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has taken control of the defence ministry following a cabinet reshuffle. Cheriff Sy was removed from the post, while Maxime Kone took over as security minister in place of Ousseni Compaore. Earlier this week the president called on the opposition to postpone planned protests, which are due to take place over the weekend.

Two arrested over deadly jihadist attack in Solhan

Two suspected jihadists have been arrested in connection with the deadly attack in Solhan early this month. At least 130 people died when gunmen raided an artisanal mining site in the north of the country on 4 June. The two suspects belong to the al-Qaeda linked Mouhadine group. The ongoing insecurity has sparked anti-government protests in the country.

Thousands protest against insecurity in Centre-North

Thousands of people took part in protests against insecurity in the Centre-North region on Saturday. The women-led rally called on the government to do more to provide security for civilians against jihadist militants. Many of the women taking part in the protest in Kaya were either displaced or the widows of members of the security forces killed by insurgents.

Two soldiers killed in IED blast

Two Burkinabe soldiers have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Centre-Nord region. The troops were searching for four police officers who are missing following an ambush on Monday. Meanwhile, both the government and the UN said that child soldiers were largely responsible for the massacre at the start of June that left more than 130 people dead. "We strongly condemn the recruitment of children and adolescents by non-state armed groups. This is a grave violation of their fundamental rights," the UN children's agency UNICEF said in a statement on Thursday.

Three killed in Kotchari attack

At least three people have been killed in an attack in the village of Kotchari in the Eastern Tapoa region. Unidentified gunmen raided the village late on Tuesday night. One of the victims has been identified as a local councillor.

Two kidnapped on the Barsalogho-Dablo axis

At least two people have been kidnapped on the Barsalogho-Dablo axis. A community-based health worker and a travelling health worker were seized by unidentified gunmen as they went to collect health supplies in Dablo. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Thousands flee after Yagha massacre

More than 7,000 families have fled their homes in the northern Yagha region following last week's massacre. At least 138 people were killed in an attack in the village of Solhan on Friday. “Steps have already been taken to give [displaced people] a minimum level of comfort, lodgings and food,” Prime Minister Christophe Dabire said on Tuesday. Many of those displaced moved to Sebba.

Two soldiers wounded in Gourma blast

Two soldiers have been wounded in an IED explosion in the province of Gourma. The Burkinabe army was on patrol when the device exploded in Ganyela near Namoungou on Monday morning. The victims were transported to a local health centre.

Death toll rises from Yagha attack

The death toll from Friday's attack in Yagha province has risen to 132. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was "outraged" by the killings, which also left 40 wounded. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore called the killings “barbaric” and said the Burkinabe people “must remain united and solid against these obscurantist forces”. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks, which took place in the village of Solhan near the border with Niger.

Scores killed in Solhan raids

Armed attackers have killed circa 100 civilians in an overnight raid on the village of Solhan in Yagha province, northern Burkina Faso. The government described the attackers as terrorists, but no group has yet to claim responsibility. Attacks by al-Qaeda and the IS linked fighters in the Sahel have risen significantly since January. The government have declared a 72-hour period of national mourning.


Gunmen kidnap young shepherd and 300 oxen

Gunmen have kidnapped a 10-year-old shepherd and stolen more than 300 head of oxen in the village of Tankoalou. The area is located in the Komondjari area in the Eastern region. Attacks are frequently reported in the area; last month 10 people were killed in the village of Kodyel.

Sahel curfew extended for 45 days

The governor of the Sahel region has extended a curfew imposed due to insecurity for a further 45 days. A 19:00 to 05:00 curfew is in place except for the municipalities of Bani, Djibo, Gorom-Gorom, Falagountou, Sampelga, Senna and Seytenga, where the curfew is 22:00 to 04:00. The curfew will remain in place until at least 13 July.

Journalists prevented from accessing IDP sites

Local and foreign journalists have been prevented from accessing camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Burkina Faso. A government spokesperson told Al Jazeera that concerns about the safety of journalists and the "dignity" of the IDPs were the reasons behind the ban. “In the future, these two factors should be taken into consideration and the government could then consider alternative arrangements,” the spokesperson added.

Police fire tear gas at student rally, Ouagadougou

Police have fired tear gas to disperse a student protest in Ouagadougou. A group of the students threw stones at the officers during the demonstration near the Philippe Zinda Kabore High School on Monday. Several people were reportedly wounded in the clashes.

Thousands displaced by fighting

Around 17,500 people have been displaced by the latest fighting in Burkina Faso, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). At least 45 people have been killed in several attacks blamed on Islamist militant groups over the last 10 days, including two Spanish journalists and an Irish conversationalist who were killed in an ambush in the eastern of the country. “The trends we see only point to more violence to come,” said UNHCR spokesman Boris Cheshirkov.

Dozens killed in eastern Burkina Faso ambush

At least 30 people have been killed in an ambush in eastern Burkina Faso. Gunmen targeted the village of Kodyel in Komandjari province, close to the border with Niger, on Monday. "Dozens of men burst into the village and set houses on fire, while others stood watch and shot at people indiscriminately," an official from a local self-defence group told the AFP news agency. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Police disperse protesters in Ouagadougou

Police have dispersed protesting students in the capital, Ouagadougou. The students were demonstrating against reforms to school exams in front of the Ministry of Education in the capital. Officers fired tear gas, while some protesters responding by throwing rocks at the police.

Gunmen kill 18 in Seno attack

At least 18 people have been killed in an attack in the northern Seno province. Unidentified gunmen raided the village of Yakouta on Monday, forcing local residents to flee towards the Seytenga commune. The incident happened as two Spanish journalists and an Irish conversationalist were killed in the east of the country.

Foreign hostages killed near Pama

The three foreign nationals kidnapped near the Pama nature reserve have been killed, according to officials. Spanish journalists David Beriain and Roberto Fraile died along with Irish conversationalist Rory Young following Monday's attack. They were travelling in a group of 40 people to investigate poaching in the area when they were ambushed by unknown gunmen. Two soldiers were also shot and wounded in the attack; they were evacuated to a military hospital in Ouagadougou for treatment.

Foreign nationals abducted in Pama ambush

Two Spanish nationals and an Irish conservationist have been abducted along with a Burkinabe soldier near the Pama nature reserve. The victims were taking part in an anti-poaching patrol when they were ambushed by unknown gunmen on Monday. There has not been any claim of responsibility for the attack.

Four soldiers killed in Sanmatenga ambush

Four soldiers have been killed in an ambush in the north-central Sanmatenga province. Unidentified gunmen targeted a military patrol in Yirgou on Wednesday. Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Troops kill six militants after failed ambush

Members of the Burkinabe security forces and a local volunteer group have killed six suspected militants in Mansila. According to reports, the troops were ambushed on Tuesday but they managed to repel the attack following a brief gunbattle. Troops also seized vehicles, weapons and ammunition following the exchange.

Former president charged over Sankara murder

Former President Blaise Compaore has been charged with the murder of Thomas Sankara, who was assassinated in October 1987. Compaore led a group of military officials that carried out a coup against Sankara, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen. Sankara, a revolutionary Marxist, was an iconic figure in African politics and was often described as the continent's version of Che Guevara. Compaore was forced out of office during an uprising in 2014 and fled to Cote d'Ivoire.

Seven killed in Gourma ambush

Three gendarmes and four volunteer fighters have been killed in an ambush in the eastern province of Gourma. The victims were targeted in the town of Tanwalbougou on Monday. Seven others were wounded in the attack, according to an official from the Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Gunmen kidnap five health workers in Yagha

Five health workers have been kidnapped in the northern Yagha province. "Unidentified gunmen on Thursday evening abducted five workers at Mansila health center, on Seba-Mansila road axis," a security source told Xinhua news agency. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Six killed in northern ambush

Six people have been killed in a militant ambush in the northern province of Soum. A soldier and five civilians from the Volunteers for the Defence of the Nation (VDP) died while they were on patrol on Saturday. "The Kourao VDP were patrolling the area and were targeted by armed individuals. A unit went to their aid and came under heavy fire," a security source told the AFP.

Six dead after ambulance hits landmine

At least six people have been killed after an ambulance struck a landmine near the border with Mali. The victims, which included a pregnant woman, were travelling near the town of Gaskinde when the device exploded on Tuesday. "The coward and barbaric incident that occurred while the ambulance was ensuring a medical evacuation to the capital Ouagadougou claimed the lives of six people," said government spokesman Ousseni Tamboura.

Eight killed near border with Niger

At least eight people have been killed in an attack near the border with Niger. Suspected Islamist militants ambushed a bus that was travelling from Markoye to Dorbel in Niger on Thursday morning. A further eight people were wounded in the attack, according to local officials.

Government offers to open talks with Islamist militants

Burkina Faso's government has offered to open talks with Islamist militants. Prime Minister Christophe Dabiré told parliament that the government is looking at all options in order to secure peace in the country. Mali and Niger, which are also fighting regional insurgent groups, have also expressed openness to dialogue with militants; however, France, which has 5,000 troops stationed in the Sahel, is opposed to the talks.

Priest reported missing in south-west region

A Catholic priest has been reported missing near the south-western borders with Cote d'Ivoire and Mali. "Father Rodrigue Sanon, parish priest of Notre Dame de Soubaganyedougou, is missing on January 19," Bishop Lucas Kalfa Sanou announced in a statement. He was travelling from Soubaganyedougou to Banfora when he went missing.

Six killed in Nord Region attack

At least six people have been killed in an attack in the Nord Region of Burkina Faso. Around 100 gunmen targeted the village of Loumbila near the border with Mali on Monday. Two of the victims were members of the Volunteer Force for the Defence of the Fatherland (VDP), a self-defence group which was created last year in response to an increase in attacks by jihadist militant groups.

One killed and one kidnapped in north-east

One person has been killed and another kidnapped in two separate attacks in north-eastern Burkina Faso. An imam was abducted during a raid in the town of Mansella on Tuesday. In a separate incident, a municipal advisor was shot dead in the village of Ferrell.

President Roch Kabore set for re-election

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore is set to be re-elected for another five-year term. "Mr Kabore … with 57.87 percent of the vote, is provisionally elected president of Burkina Faso in the first round,” Newton Ahmed Barry, head of the electoral commission, said on Thursday. Kabore said he will strive for "peace and development" during his second term. In 2019 more than 2,000 people were killed in attacks attributed to an Islamist insurgency.

Polls close for Burkina Faso elections

Polls have closed in Burkina Faso after people voted in presidential and parliamentary elections. President Roch Kabore is seeking a second term against 13 opposition candidates. The vote was peaceful, although some polling stations were forced to closed areas in eastern parts of the country due to the threat from jihadist groups. "They told them: 'Those who put their fingers in the ink can say goodbye to their finger'," said election commission chief Newton Ahmed Barry.

Fourteen soldiers killed in ambush

At least 14 Burkinabe soldiers have been killed in an ambush in the northern Oudalan province. The troops were on patrol near the borders with Mali and Niger when they were attacked. President Roch Kabore said he has suspended his presidential campaign for 48 hours in honour of the deceased soldiers.

Seven soldiers killed in ambush

Seven members of the security forces have been killed and several others wounded in an ambush in northern Burkina Faso. The troops were targeted on the main road between Tin Akoff and Beldiabe on Wednesday. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Four killed in Namentenga attack

At least four civilians have been killed in an attack in Namentenga province. Unidentified gunmen raided the village of Djika on Sunday night, according to local officials. The assailants fled when the security forces were deployed to the scene.

Six wounded in mosque attack, Ougadougou

At least six people have been wounded in an attack on a mosque in Ouagadougou. Unknown assailants threw a Molotov cocktail at the mosque of Thomas Sankara University late on Friday evening during prayers. A threat of further attacks was found at the scene, written in French.

Scores killed in multiple attacks in Seno

At least 20 people have been killed in three separate attacks in the northern province of Seno. In a statement, a government spokesman said that the raids happened in the villages of Peteguerse, Bombofa and Demniol. Reports suggest that the death toll could be higher as several people are still missing. It is still unclear who is behind the attack but insurgent movements widely operate in the country, especially in the northern provinces located near the Malian and Nigerien borders.

Gunmen kill 25 people in Sanmatenga

At least 25 civilians have been killed in an ambush in Sanmatenga province, according to the UNHCR. Gunmen intercepted a convoy near the town of Pissila and separated the men from the group before killing them. “The attack on the (internally displaced people) occurred as they were returning to their homes from Pissila, hoping for an improved security situation there,” the UN said.

Hundreds of bodies discovered in Burkina Faso

At least 180 bodies have been discovered in graves in the northern town of Djibo. Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed that the victims were probably killed by government forces. "Available evidence suggests government forces were involved in mass extrajudicial executions," HRW said in a report released on Wednesday. Defence minister Moumina Cheriff Sy responded by claiming militants wearing stolen army uniforms were to blame, although the government said it will investigate. Earlier this week six soldiers and three volunteers were killed in an attack in Pensa in the Center-North region.

Militants killed in Loroum clashes

At least 20 militants and one Burkinabe soldier have been killed in clashes in the north-western Loroum province. Troops were ambushed in the Solle area, leading to a fierce gunbattle. Last week 10 aid workers were kidnapped in Niger near the border with Burkina Faso.

Gunmen kill dozens at market in Kompienga

At least 30 people have been killed in an attack at a cattle market in eastern Burkina Faso. Assailants on motorcycles raided the market in the town of Kompienga on Saturday afternoon. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, which follows numerous similar raids by regional jihadist groups.

Eight jihadists killed near Cote d'Ivoire border

Eight suspected jihadists have been killed in a joint operation conducted by troops from Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso. More than 30 militants were also detained during the operation. Burkina Faso said 13 militants were killed in a separate clash in the northern province of Soum.

Twelve terror suspects found dead in Burkina Faso

Twelve terrorism suspects have been found dead in their cells in the town of Fada N'Gourma. A local prosecutor said 25 people were detained overnight on Monday but 12 of them were later found dead. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of death. Last month Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the security forces of executing 31 unarmed men in the northern town of Djibo.

Five killed in eastern Burkina Faso

At least five people have been killed in an attack in the town of Fada N'Gouma in eastern Burkina Faso. "Armed individuals killed, on Sunday, May 3, at dusk, five people, in Touldeni, a farming hamlet in the village of Koaré, in the commune of Fada N'Gourma (Eastern region)," local media reported. Four militants were later killed by local defence forces.

Security forces accused of killing civilians

Burkina Faso's security forces have been accused of killing 31 unarmed civilians in the north of the country. Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims that the men, who were from the Fulani ethnic group, were executed shortly after they were arrested near the town of Djibo on 9 April. The Burkinabe security forces made "a brutal mockery of a counterterrorism operation, that may amount to a war crime and could fuel further atrocities", said Corinne Dufka, HRW's director for the Sahel region. 

Four members of volunteer defence force killed in Central-North

Four members of a volunteer defence force have been killed in the Central-North region of Burkina Faso. They were targeted by suspected jihadists in the town of Nafo on Thursday night. In February the government announced a plan to arm civilians to help it in the fight against the jihadist groups which operate across the Sahel.

Three soldiers killed by IED in Gomboro

Three soldiers have been killed by a landmine in north-west Burkina Faso. The troops were driving in a patrol vehicle when the device exploded in Gomboro in Sourou province. Several other troops were wounded in the blast and were evacuated for medical treatment. Jihadist militants regularly target the security forces across the borders of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Four ministers test positive for Covid-19

Four Burkinabe ministers have tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). The ministers of foreign affairs, mines, education, and the interior have all tested positive, according to a government spokesman. The number of confirmed cases in the country has risen to 75, with four deaths.

First coronavirus death reported in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has confirmed its first death from the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. The fatality is also the first to be recorded in sub-Saharan Africa. "We recorded the death overnight of a female patient aged 62, who suffered from diabetes and was in intensive care," Burkina's national coordinator for responding to the virus, Professor Martial Ouedraogo, said on Wednesday.

Foreign hostages found safe in Mali

A Canadian and an Italian who were kidnapped in Burkina Faso have been found safe in Mali. Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto were abducted from the city of Bobo-Diolasso in December 2018. They made their way to a UN post before they were transferred to the Malian capital Bamako. It is still not clear how they managed to escape or who was holding them.

First two cases of coronavirus confirmed in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus (Covid-19). A Burkinabe couple tested positive for the disease after returning from a trip to France. They have been placed in isolation, while a third person is under observation after they came into contact with the two confirmed cases. Burkina Faso is the sixth sub-Saharan country to confirm the coronavirus.

Scores killed in violent attack in Barga

At least 43 people have been killed in a fresh incident related to inter-communal violence in northern Burkina Faso. According to a government spokesman, the incident happened in two villages located in the northern district of Barga. Reports indicate that both villages of Dingula and Barga are inhabited by Fulani farmers. The region is also known for the presence of jihadists. Ethnic tensions in Burkina Faso often lead to a high number of casualties.

Civil servants protests over new taxes

Thousands of civil servants joined protests in Ouagadougou on Saturday to protest against a new tax on their bonuses. The government said the new taxes will bring civil servants' salaries in line with those in the private sector. "Workers are being crushed by so many taxes. This new tax will not change anything in the country as long as the leaders do not make the competent management of the public good a priority," health worker Sayouba Compaore told the AFP. Unions are planning a general strike between 16-20 March, while another mass rally is scheduled for 17 March.

Nine killed in Yagha ambush

Nine soldiers have been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in Yagha province. Dozens of heavily armed men attacked an army attachment and police station in the town of Sebba on Saturday. The assailants stole weapons before fleeing the scene. Last month one person was killed and seven others were abducted in the town.

African Union (AU) to deploy 3,000 troops to Sahel

The African Union (AU) has announced that it will deploy 3,000 troops to the restive Sahel region. Smail Chergui, head of the AU's Peace and Security Commission, said the decision to make the temporary deployment was made during the bloc's summit in Addis Ababa. "On the decision of the summit to work on deploying a force of 3,000 troops to help the Sahel countries degrade terrorist groups, I think this is a decision that we'll be working on together with the G5 Sahel and ECOWAS," said Chergui.

Four killed in ambush, Sanmatenga

Three police officers and a civilian have been killed in an ambush in northern Burkina Faso. Members of the national police were targeted by unknown gunmen in the Sanmatenga province on Monday. Five others were wounded in the attack, according to local officials.

Three soldiers killed in Kelbo attack

Three Burkinabe soldiers have been killed in a suspected jihadist attack in Kelbo. Gunmen ambushed a detachment in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The assailants also stole weapons and other supplies following the attack.

Two dozen killed in church attack, Sahel

At least 24 people have been killed in an attack on a church in the northern Sahel region. Unknown gunmen targeted the church in Yagha during a ceremony on Sunday. The assailants killed the pastor and kidnapped three others during the attack, according to local sources.

Two civilians killed in jihadist attack

Two civilians have been killed in an attack on a gendarme base in eastern Burkina Faso. Nine assailants also died during a shootout with the security forces in Tanwalbougou on Monday. The civilians were on a bus which was in the area at the time of the attack.

Scores killed in militant raid in Seno

At least 20 people have been killed after armed militants raided a local village in Seno, northern Burkina Faso. Security sources told AFP that suspected militants attacked the village of Bani. A local official claimed that the attack could be related to previous threats issued by militant groups, which ordered locals to leave the area. The attack comes just a week after 39 civilians were killed in a village in the neighbouring province of Soum. Jihadist attacks are frequent in Burkina Faso, especially in the bordering regions with Mali and Niger. Violence has already led to the displacement of up to 900,000 people.

Six soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Burkina Faso

Six soldiers have been killed and seven others are missing after their patrol vehicle hit a roadside bomb. The incident happened in the east of the country and comes just days after 39 people were killed in an attack at a market in Soum province. A nurse also died on Monday in an ambush near Kelbo in the Sahel region.

Dozens killed in jihadist attack on market in Soum

Dozens of people have been killed after suspected jihadist militants attacked a market in the northern Soum region. Local sources claim that as many as 50 people died during the raid, which took place in the village of Silgadji on Saturday. The assailants destroyed local phone lines, delaying news of the attack until Monday. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has warned that up to 900,000 people could be displaced by the ongoing violence in the country. “Donor governments have not understood that this is the world’s fastest-growing displacement crisis. We still see a small aid response in a huge human catastrophe,” said NRC's secretary-general Jan Egeland.

Gunmen kill 36 civilians in Sanmatenga province

At least 36 civilians have been killed in an attack by gunmen on a village in Sanmatenga province. The government has declared two days of national mourning following the raids in the villages of Nagraogo and Alamou on Monday. Residents were forced to flee to the city of Kaya, according to local reports. The incident is the latest attack carried out by suspected jihadist militants in Burkina Faso.

Two killed by IED in Gourma

A woman and her child have been killed by an IED in Gourma province. The victims were walking in the remote village of Paladoube when the device exploded. Local reports suggest the device was planted to target civilians who had collaborated with the Defense and Security Forces (SDF) in its operation against jihadist militants.

Fourteen killed in bus attack

At least 14 people have been killed after a bus hit an IED in the northern Sourou province, close to the border with Mali. The vehicle was travelling in a convoy of three when the device exploded on Saturday. A further 19 people were wounded in the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Village chief killed in Nadiabonli raid

Gunmen have killed the chief of the village of Nadiabonli in the eastern region of Burkina Faso. Two people were abducted during the raid overnight on Saturday, although they were later released. The identity of the assailants has not yet been established.

Burkinabe troops kill 15 militants in east

The Burkinabe security forces have killed 15 militants during operations in the east of the country. The army said a militant hideout was targeted in the town of Pama late last week. A cache of weapons, ammunition and explosives were recovered from the scene.

Gunmen kill 14 at church in east

At least 14 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after gunmen opened fire outside a church in eastern Burkina Faso. The victims were attending a service in the town of Hantoukoura on Sunday when the attack happened. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said that he condemned "the barbaric attack." The gunmen fled the scene on motorcycles.

Three soldiers killed by insurgents in north

Three soldiers have been killed in two separate attacks in northern Burkina Faso. "Early this morning, an armed group attacked a military unit in Kelbo. Two soldiers were killed during this attack," a security source told AFP. "Almost at the same time, a separate armed group attacked a unit in Namissiguima. Another soldier was killed there." The assailants also stole motorbikes and a truck during the raids.


Militants killed during violent clashes in Soum

At least 18 suspected militants have been killed during an attempted attack on a military base in Soum, northern Burkina Faso. In a statement, the defence ministry confirmed that the security forces have repelled the attack at the Arbinda base. It added that several soldiers were injured during the clashes. The incident happened just days after dozens of militants were killed during a military operation in the northern Yorsala forest. Militant groups widely operate in northern Burkina Faso and along the border with Mali and Niger, where they often launch cross-border attacks.

Militants killed during raids in northern Burkina Faso

At least 32 militants have been killed by the Burkinabe security forces during an operation in the north of the country. Troops carried out a raid in the Yorsala forest, killing 24 people during several hours of fighting. A further eight people died during raids in Bourzanga. The army said a number of women who were being held as sex slaves were freed by troops.

Opposition party suspended for demanding president's resignation

The Patriotic Front for Renewal (FPR) has been suspended for three months after it demanded President Roch Marc Christian Kabore's resignation. The government said the FPR and its president, Aristide Ouedraogo, had "undermined the sovereignty, integrity and security of Burkina Faso". The party, which does not hold any seats in parliament, will be unable to hold meetings for three months. They said Kabore should quit for failing to contain the Islamist insurgency in the north and east of the country.

Three militants killed during jihadist attack

At least three militants have been killed during a jihadist attack in the eastern Komandjari province. The army returned fire after a detachment came under attack in the Foutouri area of the province on Monday. "The vigorous response neutralised at least three assailants and led to the seizure of weapons and ammunition," said the army in a statement. The incident comes days after militants attacked a convoy carrying mineworkers, killing 38 people and wounded 63 others.

Gunmen kill 37 in ambush on mining convoy

At least 37 people have been killed and 60 others wounded after gunmen ambushed a mining convoy near the eastern town of Boungou. A military escort hit an IED 40km east of the town on Wednesday before gunmen opened fire on buses carrying employees of the Canadian firm Semafo. "We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers," said the company in a statement. The firm increased security after attacks near the Boungou site last year.

Gendarmerie station attacked in Oursi

A gendarmerie station has been attacked in the Oursi department. A gendarme and four civilians were killed in the raid, which took place in the early hours of Monday morning. The incident occurred close to the border with Mali; on Friday dozens of Malian soldiers were killed when an outpost was stormed by gunmen. Islamist militants have carried out hundreds of attacks across Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso.

Lawmaker killed in Djibo region

A Burkinabe lawmaker has been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the northern Djibo region. Oumarou Dicko was travelling back from the launch of a Red Cross program when he was targeted. A civil servant and a relative of Dicko also died in the attack. On Saturday an estimated 20,000 people rallied in Ouagadougou to voice their support for the security forces in its fighting against insurgent groups.

Fifteen civilians killed in two separate attacks

At least 15 civilians have been killed in two separate attacks in north and central Burkina Faso. Gunmen on motorcycles raided the village of Dambato in the Loroum province on Saturday, killing six people. A further nine people were shot dead by assailants wearing military uniforms on Sunday evening. The reports come a day after it was revealed that four soldiers and a police officer had died in two further attacks in the northern provinces over the weekend.

Four soldiers and a police officer killed in northern region

Four soldiers and a police officer has been killed in two separate attacks in the northern region of Burkina Faso. The General Staff of the Armed Forces said a further 11 people were wounded in the attacks, which took place on Saturday morning. "Military units in Bahn (Loroum province) and Yense (Yatenga province) were targeted by almost simultaneous terrorist attacks" at about 03:00, the statement said.

Four killed in Losum attack

At least four people have been killed in an attack in the northern region of Lorum. Unknown gunmen opened fire on residents in the village of Samboulga on Saturday night. “According to residents, the attackers broke into the village and shot people indiscriminately,” a witness told local media. The incident occurred hours after gunmen attacked a mosque in the town of Salmossi, killing 16 people.

Sixteen killed in mosque attack

At least sixteen people have been killed in an attack at a mosque in northern Burkina Faso. Gunmen stormed the Grand Mosque in the northern village of Salmossi on Monday night. Thirteen people died at the scene and three others succumbed to their injuries. On Saturday around 1,000 people marched in the capital to denounce the ongoing insecurity in the country.

Militants killed by security forces in Sahel region

At least 39 Islamist militants have been killed by the Burkinabe security forces in the northern Sahel region. Gunmen attacked gendarmes in the Gorgadji department on Monday, prompting troops to launch an operation to track down the assailants. Weapons and vehicles were seized by the troops following the raid.

Workers plan protest at Ouagadougou airport

Civil aviation workers have vowed to go on strike between 11 and 12 October over a dispute about the privatisation of Ouagadougou International Airport. Union representatives said the airport is a national asset and should be protected against private investment. Talks are underway with the government to avert the strike, although if the two sides fail to reach an agreement flight cancellations and delays should be expected.

Seventeen killed in attacks across north

At least seventeen people have been killed in three attacks in northern Burkina Faso. Nine people died after gunmen targeted the village of Komsilga on Saturday. Seven others were killed in the village of Deneon, while a soldier died when an army unit was ambushed in Deou in Soum province. Jihadist militants are suspected of carrying out the attacks.

Nine killed in attacks on two villages

At least nine people have been killed in attacks on two villages in northern Burkina Faso. Gunmen carried out the raids near Bourzanga over the weekend, targeting farmers who were working in their fields. Last week the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for an attack which left five soldiers dead near the border with Mali.

Security forces fire tear gas in Burkina Faso

Police fired tear gas at protesters in the capital Ouagadougou on Monday. The authorities had already refused to issue a permit for the rally, which was organised in response to growing discontent in the country. An ongoing insurgency in the north and east has displaced thousands of people since last year, with the government so far unable to resolve the crisis. Earlier this week the Economic Community Summit of West African States (ECOWAS) met with leaders from Mauritania and Chad in Ougadougou where they agreed to a billion-dollar plan to fight regional jihadist groups.

Dozens killed in two separate attacks in Burkina Faso

At least 29 people have been killed in two separate attacks in Burkina Faso. Fifteen people died when the truck they were travelling in hit an IED Barsalogho area. A further 14 people were killed in an ambush on a convoy of vehicles transporting food aid to internally displaced people (IDPs). "This drama comes as important security efforts are underway in this region," officials told Reuters. "Military reinforcements have been deployed."

Two generals jailed over 2015 coup attempt

Two former generals have been jailed for their involvement in a failed coup in 2015. General Gilbert Diendéré and Djibrill Bassolé were found guilty by a military court in Ouagadougou on Monday. Diendéré was a key advisor to the former president, Blaise Compaore, while Bassolé was a former Foreign Affairs Minister.

Several killed in armed attack in Bam

At least three people have been killed after gunmen raided a village in the northern province of Bam. AFP reported that assailants riding motorcycles targeted the village of Kourao on Tuesday. It is still unclear which group is behind the incident. Insurgent movements have significantly spread across northern Burkina Faso, especially along the border with Mali. Last week, a dozen soldiers were killed in a militant attack in the northern Soum province.

Twelve soldiers killed in Soum attack

At least 12 soldiers have been killed in an attack in the northern Soum province. A large number of troops were also wounded in the incident in Koutougou, while several others are reported missing. "In reaction to this barbaric attack, a vast air and land search operation is seeking to neutralise the many assailants," the military statement said. The incident is the latest in a wave of attacks on the security forces by jihadist militant groups which operate across the Sahel.

Three police killed in ambush near the Malian border

Three police officers have been killed in an ambush near the border with Mali. The officers were targeted near Mentao in Soum province on Thursday. A fourth officer was wounded in the attack and taken to a local health centre for treatment. Jihadist militants are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Fifteen killed in jihadist attack

At least 15 people have been killed in a suspected jihadist attack in northern Burkina Faso. Around 20 gunmen raided the village of Diblou in Sanmatenga province on Saturday, stealing from local resident and torching buildings. Regional militants including Ansarul Islam and JNIM (Group to Support Islam and Muslims) regular conduct attacks in the north and east of the country.

Six killed in Banfora clashes

Six people have been killed in communal clashes in the Banfora commune. Residents of two villages - Siniena and Djonholo - fought with each other over a land dispute, which has reportedly been ongoing for several years. A curfew was in place until 26 June due to a previous outbreak of fighting between the two villages.

Three civilians killed in Soum province

Three civilians have been killed in an attack by gunmen in Soum province. The incident took place in the town of Belehede on Tuesday night. Dozens of local residents fled to the nearby town of Kelbo following the attack.

Several killed in Arbinda attack

At least 17 people have been killed in an attack in the Arbinda area of Soum province. Gunmen targeted local residents during the raid, which took place on Sunday. There were no members of the security forces deployed in the area, so the assailants were able to flee following the attack.

Gunmen attack military base in Oursi

Suspected jihadist gunmen have attacked a military base in Oursi in the Sahel region. The militants fired rockets at the base before fleeing the scene. No casualties were reported in the attack.

One killed in robbery attack on bus, Toussiana

One person has been killed after gunmen ambushed a bus near Toussiana. The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning outside the town, located 50km from Bobo-Dioulasso. The assailants stole money and possessions before fleeing the scene.

Gunmen attack Catholic church in Toulfe

At least four people have been killed after gunmen attacked a Catholic church in northern Burkina Faso. Officials said the assailants targeted the church in the town of Toulfe during a Mass service on Sunday. The incident comes weeks after another Catholic church was attacked in the town of Dablo, during which a priest and five others were killed. the government has blamed the attacks on Islamist militant groups based in the Sahel.

Militants torch school in Sakoani

Gunmen have torched a school in Sakoani in the Eastern Region of Burkina Faso. The assailants stole food and other items from the school store before setting fire to the building. The incident is the latest in a series of attacks against schools and teachers in the country.

Spanish priest murdered in Bobo-Dioulasso

A Spanish priest has been murdered in the second city of Bobo-Dioulasso. The attack took place at the Don Bosco Centre on Friday and was committed by a former worker. "The alleged perpetrator of these acts by the name of Toe Hamadou, was immediately apprehended by the security forces," the Government Information Service said in a statement.

Four kidnapped in two separate attacks

Four people have been kidnapped in two separate attacks in Burkina Faso. Two workers were abducted on Tuesday near Kongoussi as they were travelling to install solar panels. On Wednesday a mayor and his driver were kidnapped in the rural commune of Gorgadji in the Sahel region.

Soldier killed in Soum ambush

A soldier has been killed in an ambush in the Soum province. A military detachment was returning from an escort mission in the Koutougou commune when they were targeted. Jihadist militants have launched multiple attacks against the security forces over the past 18 months.

Four Catholics executed near Kongoussi

Four Catholic worshippers have been executed in an attack near the town of Kongoussi. The victims were taking part in a procession near the village of Kayon when they were targeted by unknown gunmen. The incident occurred a day after six people were killed in an attack on a Catholic church in Dablo.

Six killed in church attack

At least six people including a priest have been killed in an attack on a church in northern Burkina Faso. Gunmen targeted the Catholic Church in the village of Dablo during Mass on Sunday. Several other buildings were torched and a health centre ransacked during the raid, said Dablo mayor Ousmane Zongo.

Four foreign hostages freed in French operation

Four foreign hostages have been freed in a rescue operation conducted by the French military in northern Burkina Faso. Two soldiers died in the raid, which led to the release of two French hostages kidnapping in neighbouring Benin. An American woman and a South Korean woman were also rescued. French officials thanked the militaries of the US, Benin and Burkina Faso for their assistance in the operation.

One dead in toll booth attack

One person has been killed and two others wounded after gunmen attacked a toll booth in the northern city of Ouahigouya. Militants on motorcycles targeted the booth outside the city in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Most of the recent attacks in Burkina Faso have been blamed on Ansar ul Islam and the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (JNIM).

Militants attack church and school in latest raids

Suspected Islamist militants have killed at least six people in an attack on a church in northern Burkina Faso. Gunmen arrived at the church on motorcycles on Sunday, killing the pastor, two of his sons and three members of the congregation. Earlier, five teachers and a municipal worker were killed when militants raided a church in the east of the country. Ansarul Islam and the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) are both increasing active in the northern and eastern regions.

Four killed in attack on Burkina bus

Four people have been killed in an attack on a bus in northern Burkina Faso. Suspected jihadists stopped the vehicle before checking the IDs of passengers near the village of Liki on Tuesday. The victims were members of the same community, while other passengers were unharmed. Dozens of people have been killed by jihadist militants in northern and eastern Burkina Faso.

Seven killed in Sahel attack

At least seven people were killed in an attack in the Sahel region of northern Burkina Faso. Gunmen raided the village of Djika in the Arbinda commune on Friday. In a separate incident, several truck drivers were kidnapped on the Arbina-Gorgadji axis on Saturday. There has been no claim of responsibility for either attack.

Thousands displaced by Burkina Faso violence

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said thousands of people have been displaced by insecurity in Burkina Faso. More than 130,000 have been forced to flee from their homes, with 10,000 fleeing across the border into neighbouring Mali. OCHA also said more than 670,000 people face food insecurity in the country, many of them children under five.

Scores killed in communal clashes in Sahel

At least 60 civilians have been killed in clashes between rival communities in the northern Sahel region. The latest violence erupted near the town of Arbinda in Soum province late on Sunday. There has also been violence in the neighbouring Boulgou province, according to government officials. There have also been reports that nine people were kidnapped during the tit-for-tat raids.

Three killed in jihadist attack near Malian border

At least three people have been killed in an attack by suspected jihadists near the border with Mali. "Three civilians, all passengers in a public transport vehicle, were killed," a source told the AFP news agency. "Two assailants were killed by security forces in response. There were no victims among the security forces." The incident occurred in Yendere on Sunday.

Four gendarmes killed in attack near Mali border

Four Burkinabe gendarmes have been killed in an attack on a military base near the Malian border. Gunmen targeted the complex in Barani in the Kossi province early on Thursday morning. The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on the security forces, most of which are blamed on jihadists from groups such as Ansar ul Islam.

Two teachers killed in Djibo

Two kidnapped teachers have been killed in Burkina Faso. The victims, who both worked at a school in the town of Djibo, were abducted on 11 March. More than 1,000 schools have been forced to close in the north-east of the country due to threats by Islamist militants, who oppose Western education.

Five troops killed by roadside bomb

Five Burkinabe soldiers have been killed by roadside bombs in the east of the country. A police officer and a soldier were on patrol in the Kompienga area an IED exploded on Saturday. Three troops died in another blast in the same area on Sunday. Islamist militant groups have carried out multiple attacks on the security forces in recent years.

Army kills 29 militants in eastern region

The Defense and Security Forces (FDS) killed 29 militants in the eastern region. "This action allowed to disable twenty-nine (29) terrorists, recover a significant amount of weapons, ammunition, miscellaneous materials and destroy a large stock of food," said the FDS in a statement. A state of emergency remains in place in 14 provinces across the east of the country. On Monday the security forces carried out multiple counter-terror drills across the capital, Ouagadougou.

Doctor killed by bomb hidden in body

A doctor has been killed by a bomb hidden in the body of a dead soldier in northern Burkina Faso. Two police officers were also wounded in the blast, which occurred on a road in the town of Djibo. "The bomb was detonated by an attempt to turn the body over, directly killing the army doctor and wounding two other team members," an official told the AFP.

Five gendarmes killed by jihadists

Five gendarmes have been killed and three others wounded by jihadists in northern Burkina Faso. The attack was carried out in response to counter-operations that killed 146 militants earlier this week. A state of emergency remains in place across the Sahel region following a dramatic spike in terrorist attacks.

Civilians killed in attack near Mali border

At least 14 civilians have been killed in a suspected jihadist attack near the border with Mali. Gunmen carried out the raids in the town of Jain in Yatenta province early on Monday morning. "In response to this attack, the national defence and security forces immediately began operations in the Kain, Banh (Loroum Province, north) and Bomboro (Kossi Province, northwest) areas," said army spokesman Col. Lamoussa Fofana. "This counterattack... resulted in a land and air operation which neutralised 146 terrorists in the three areas."

Four soldiers killed in eastern Burkina Faso

Four Burkinabe soldiers have been killed in an attack in the eastern town of Kompienbiga. Gunmen ambushed the troops on Wednesday evening near the border with Benin, leading to a gun battle. The assailants also torched an army base camp and several military vehicles before fleeing the area.

Ten killed in northern Burkina attack

At least 10 people have been killed in an attack in northern Burkina Faso. Gunmen targeted the village of Sikire on Sunday afternoon, according to security officials. "They ransacked and set fire to shops and other businesses and took motorbikes," an anonymous source told AFP. The incident is the latest in a wave of attacks in the north and east of the country, many of which have been blamed on Islamist militants.

Gunmen kidnap Canadian national in Yagha attack

A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected Islamist militants in the north-eastern Yagha province. Gunmen attacked a mining site near the border with Niger on Tuesday evening. Local media have identified the victim as Kirk Woodman, VP of Exploration-Progress Minerals Inc.

Tourists kidnapped in Burkina Faso

A Canadian woman and a man from Italy have been kidnapped in Burkina Faso. Edith Blais, 34, and Luca Tachetto, 30, went missing in Bobo-Dioulasso on 15 December as they headed to Togo to work on a humanitarian project. The office of International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau told Radio-Canada that they are treating the case as a kidnapping despite official confirmation.

Thirteen killed in inter-communcal violence

At least 13 people have been killed in inter-communal attacks in northern Burkina Faso. Gunmen targeted the village of Yirgou in Barsalogho on Tuesday, leaving six dead including a local chief. Later seven Fulani herders were killed in reprisal attacks.

Six shot dead in eastern Burkina Faso clashes

Six people have been shot dead during an ambush on the security forces in the Eastern Region administrative area. Gunmen targeted a gendarmerie brigade in the village of Bougui on Monday morning. Troops returned fire and killed six of the assailants, while an officer was also wounded during the exchange. "Several weapons, including Kalashnikovs and ammunition," were seized from the attackers, a security source told the AFP.

Four police officers killed in IED blast

Four police officers and a civilian have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in eastern Burkina Faso. The incident occurred in Boungou on Friday afternoon as the officers were escorting goldmine workers. Dozens of members of the security forces have been killed by suspected Islamist militants since August.

Protests erupts over fuel price hikes

Thousands of people took to the streets of Burkina Faso on Thursday to protest against fuel price increases. The National Coalition against the Cost of Living organised rallies in the capital, Ouagadougou, after the price of gasoline and diesel rose by 12 percent. “Comrades, enough is enough! We say no to this increase in hydrocarbon prices which, inevitably, will have terribly damaging consequences on the populations and especially on the most vulnerable people,” said protest leader Chrysogone Zougmoré.

Several people abducted near Malian border

Several people have been kidnapped near the border with Mali. Gunmen raided the village of Ira, 30km from Djibasso, on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, militants also attacked the Gomboro Gendarmerie Brigade in the nearby Sourou province.

Militants torch school near Niger border

Gunmen have torched a school near the border with Niger. According to residents, a group of militants demanded that the teachers teach Arabic at the school before setting it on fire in the village of Kantchari. Earlier this month a group of teachers were attacked at a school in the northern commune of Toulfe.

Police officers wounded in Soum attack

A Burkinabe police officer has been wounded in an attack on a police station in the northern Soum province. Unknown gunmen on motorcycles targeted the station in Tongomayel on Wednesday night, leading to an exchange of fire with officers. Insurgent groups have carried out multiple attacks in Soum and across north-eastern Burkina Faso, often targeting the security forces.

Two killed in Ouagadougou clashes

At least two people have been killed in clashes between rival groups in the capital, Ouagadougou. Local butchers and members of a self-defence group started fighting in the Tanghin cattle market on Wednesday over an earlier dispute. Police were deployed to the scene to disperse the two groups.

Jihadists attack teachers in northern Burkina Faso

Suspected jihadists have attacked teachers at a school in the northern community of Toulfe. The Minister of Education Stanislas Ouaro told the BBC that armed men went to the school and whipped four teachers and the headmaster in front of students on Monday. The assailants identified themselves as members of the militant group Ansarul Islam. In separate incident schools in the eastern town of Gayeri has been closed after a threat was posted against teachers on a school notice board.

Two soldiers killed by IED, Sahel

Two Burkinabe soldiers have been killed and three others wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Sahel region. The troops were on patrol in the Nassoumbou area, 45km from Djibo, on Monday afternoon. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Six police killed in Burkina Faso ambush

Six police officers have been killed in an ambush in the northern town of Solle, close to the border with Mali. The officers hit an improvised explosive device (IED) before they came under fire from gunmen. A security source told the AFP that an operation has been launched to track down the assailants.

Six troops killed by IED in eastern Burkina Faso

Six soldiers have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in eastern Burkina Faso. “On Thursday morning, a military vehicle hit a homemade explosive device between Gayeri and Foutouri. Six soldiers were killed and several others were seriously injured,” a source told local media. The incident occurred a day after a gendarme was killed in the north of the country, prompting the French military to carry out airstrikes against Islamist militants.

Three gendarmes wounded in Sourou ambush

Three gendarmes have been wounded in an attack in the north-western Sourou province. Unknown gunmen targeted the brigade in Lanfiera on Monday night. Troops returned fire, leading to a three hours gunfight. In a separate incident, one person has been arrested in connection with an attack on gold miners in Essakane.

Eight troops killed by IED in Soum

Eight Burkinabe soldiers have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Soum province. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore condemned the attack, which comes after three other troops were killed in Tongomael. The latest incident occurred between Baraboule and Djibo on Wednesday.

Three gendarmes killed in northern Burkina Faso

Three gendarmes have been killed in an attack in northern Burkina Faso. The trio were killed near Inata, where three employees of a gold mine were kidnapped over the weekend. The bodies were found in Tongomael on Monday morning, around 30km from Inata. Officials said jihadist groups operating in the area were likely responsible for both attacks.

Three kidnapped from gold mine in north-east

Three people have been kidnapped from a gold mine in north-eastern Burkina Faso. A South African and an Indian national were abducted along with a Burkinabe driver near Inata early on Sunday morning. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

UPC councillor murdered in Oudalan

A councillor from the Union for Progress and Change (UPC) has been murdered in Oursi in the Oudalan province. A UPC spokesman said Salou Hamidou was kidnapped and killed on Sunday night by unidentified individuals. UPC President Zephirin Diabre offered his deepest condolences to Hamidou's family.

Eight killed in Kompienga attack

At least eight people have been killed and three others wounded in an attack in Kompienga in eastern Burkina Faso. Gunmen on motorcycles raided two villages on Saturday morning and opened fire on residents. Last month eight gendarmes were killed in an attack in the eastern town of Pama.

Eight gendarmes killed in eastern Burkina Faso

Eight gendarmes have been killed by a landmine in eastern Burkina Faso. The troops were responding to an earlier attack when their vehicle hit the device near Pama on Tuesday morning. The incident is one of the deadliest recorded attacks on the security forces in recent years.

Five killed in attack near mine, Est region

Five gendarmes and a mine worker have been killed in an attack in the Est region of Burkina Faso. The Canadian-based mining company SEMAFO said the incident occurred between the town of Fada and the Boungou site on Tuesday. "Operations at the Boungou Mine were not affected. As a precautionary measure, we will be increasing our security measures and continue to closely monitor the situation with our partners to protect the safety of SEMAFO employees and our operations," said the company in a statement.

Six killed in bomb attack, Gourma

Six people have been killed in a bomb attack in the eastern province of Gourma. A vehicle carrying troops and civilians hit the roadside bomb on Saturday. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Scores detained in major military operation in northern Burkina Faso

Around 60 militants have been detained during a lengthy security operation along the border with Mali and Niger. According to the military, several militant camps were dismantled in the region, which is known for the presence of groups engaged in cross-border attacks. Meanwhile, the country's security ministry confirmed the death of a local leader and a farmer in Baraboule, Soum province. The operation was launched back in early-July.

Officer killed during raids on three police posts

A police officer and a civilian have been killed during a triple attack on police posts in Burkina Faso. The raids took place overnight on Saturday and were carried out by around a dozen gunmen. The assailants targeted a checkpoint in Tindangou before opening fire on a station and gendarmerie brigade.

Government scraps death penalty

Burkina Faso's government has abolished the death penalty after adopting a new penal code. Justice Minister Rene Bagoro said the changes would create a "more credible, equitable, accessible and effective justice in the application of criminal law." The change could also lead to the extradition of Francois Compaore, brother of former President Blaise Compaore, from France where he was arrested last year. Francois is accused of ordering the murder of Norbert Zongo, an investigative journalist, while his brother was in office.

Three militants shot dead in Ouagadougou

At least three suspected militants have been shot dead in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou. The security forces also arrested another suspect during the confrontation in the Ragnongo suburb on Tuesday morning. Gendarmes also seized AK-47 rifles and explosive material during the raid.

EU extends Mali mandate, increases G5 support

The European Union (EU) has extended the mandate for its training mission in Mali for a further two years. The EU Council also extended the provision of support for the G5 Sahel Joint Force, which consists of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. The budget for EUTM Mali has been significantly increased to €59.7m, up from €33.4 during the previous two-year mandate.

Unions announce strike action

Health and foreign trade unions have announced planned strike action in Burkina Faso. The Syndicate of Human and Animal Health Workers (SYNTSHA) is set to strike between 23 to 25 May, while the Union of Autonomous Agents of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SAMAE) is calling for a 72-hour strike from 30 May to 1 June.

Abduction of teacher claimed by Islamist group

The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a teacher in the northern town of Bouro. In a statement, ISGS said the teacher was abducted last Thursday for teaching French to students. They also claimed the killing of local mayor Hamid Koundaba in Soum province, saying he was working "with the Burkina Faso army for the Crusaders."

Mayor shot dead in Soum province

A mayor has been shot dead in the northern province of Soum. Hamidou Koundaba was killed outside his house in the Koutougou commune on Sunday. President Roch Kabore has condemned the "cowardly and despicable" act.

Thousands flee violence in Burkina Faso

Around 5,000 people have fled violence in the northern province of Soum in recent weeks. The International Red Cross (IRC) said more than 18,000 have been displaced in the region since September. More than 80 jihadist attacks have been recorded in northern Burkina Faso in the past three years, including the kidnapping of government officials.

Two forest guards killed in Sideradougou

Two forest guards have been killed in a shooting near Sidéradougou in south-west Burkina Faso on Monday. The assailants were carrying out robberies in the area when they opened fire on the five-man patrol.

Burkina official kidnapped in north

A municipal councillor has been kidnapped near the northern border with Mali. The security minister said the incident happened near the village of Lassa in Soum province late on Wednesday. There have been several incidents in the region, including last April when two civil servants were kidnapped in Ina-Bao.

Forestry worker killed in Nassougou attack

A forestry worker has been killed in an attack in Nassougou, N'Gourma province. Unknown gunmen targeted a guard post on Thursday while a vehicle was also torched. Last week a similar incident was recorded in the same location, during which gunmen opened fire before stealing two motorbikes.

Eight arrested in connection with Ouagadougou attack

Eight people have been arrested in connection with last week's attack in the capital, Ouagadougou. Two of the suspects are serving soldiers and a former member of the armed forces. Eight people were killed and dozens more were wounded when gunmen attacked the army headquarters and the French Embassy.

Series of coordinated attacks strike Ouagadougou

A series of suspected coordinated attacks have been reported on the streets of central Ouagadougou on Friday. Police said that authorities are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. Preliminary reports revealed that gunmen attacked a number of locations including areas near to the Prime Minister's office, a military base and civilians at the French Embassy. Four assailants are believed to be dead, while dozens of civilians have been wounded. Travellers have been advised to avoid the area and to stay indoors.

Security incident reported in central Ouagadougou

A strong explosion and intense shooting has been reported around central Ouagadougou. National Police of Burkina Faso informed that an armed attack took place on Friday morning near the Prime Minister's office. Authorities warned people to stay away from the area as tensions may escalate. The central area of the capital is also where most embassies and government offices are located. 

US introduce sanctions against Alsarul Islam militant group

The US State Department has announced that it has imposed sanctions against the Alsarul Islam militant group. According to a statement, the group has been accused of a series of attacks along the northern border with Mali. The designation of the group as a terrorist organisation is an attempt to block the group's assets under US jurisdiction while forbidding Americans to engage in any business with the group. 

US introduce sanctions against Alsarul Islam militant group

The US State Department has announced on Tuesday that it has imposed sanctions against the Alsarul Islam militant group. According to a statement, the group has been accused of a series of attacks along the northern border with Mali. The designation of the group as a terrorist organisation is an attempt to block the group's assets under US jurisdiction while forbidding Americans to engage in any business with the group. 

Gunman killed during attack on police

A gunman has been killed during an attempted ambush on a police patrol in northern Burkina Faso. Officials said the police came under fire in the Oudalan province, close to the border with Mali, on Saturday. There has been an increase in attacks against the security forces in the region recently, including the deadly shooting of two police officers in Baraboule last week.

Two police killed in Burkina Faso

Two police officers have been killed in an ambush in northern Burkina Faso. The pair were on patrol in the Baraboule district on Monday when they were attacked. The government said counter-terror forces had been deployed to locate the assailants.

Six students wounded in University of Ouagadougou clashes

Six students were wounded in clashes at the University of Ouagadougou on Wednesday. Fighting erupted when striking members of the National Association of Students (ANEB) attempted to disrupt classes and were confronted by students who disagreed the action. Four people were transferred to Yalgado Ouedraogo hospital for treatment.

Teacher killed in Burkina Faso attack

A teacher has been killed and two other people wounded in an attack near the Malian border. Unknown gunmen opened fire on the victims in the village of Kain late on Sunday. Police investigations are underway to track down the assailants and determine a motive for the attack.

Military patrol ambushed in Sahel region

A military patrol has been attacked by armed men in the northern Sahel region of Burkina Faso. Four militants were killed and five soldiers wounded in the confrontation, which occurred near Ariel on Thursday evening. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and a number of insurgent groups operate between the northern borders with Mali and Niger.

Hundreds rally for Sankara memorial

Hundreds of people gathered in Ouagadougou on Sunday to mark the 30th anniversary of Thomas Sankara's assassination. Sankara, referred to as Africa's Che Guevara, was shot dead on his way to a cabinet meeting in 1987. The demonstrators wore t-shirts of Sankara, carried anti-authority banners and called for the killers to be brought to justice.

Two killed as roadside bomb hits convoy near Djibo, Soum

At least two police officers were killed and two others were injured when a roadside bomb went off in northern Burkina Faso. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon when security forces were escorting a convoy carrying fuel in Soum province. Reports revealed that the vehicles were targeted near Djibo along the road between Togomayel and Inata. Militant groups often target security forces with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in northern Burkina Faso, where three major attacks were reported in less than a week.

Eight killed in gold mine landslide

Eight people have been killed in a landslide at a gold mine in Burkina Faso. The incident happened near the central town of Gogo on Saturday following days of heavy rain in the area. Five people were also wounded and transferred to hospital in Gogo.

Three soldiers killed by IED near Mali border

Three Burkinabe soldiers have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) near the border with Mali. The troops were travelling as part of a logistics convoy when the device exploded in Touronata on Thursday. Two other troops were wounded in the blast, which comes just days after gunmen opened fire at a restaurant in the capital, Ouagadougou, killing 18 people.

Gunmen kill 18 in Ouagadougou attack

At least 18 people have been killed and two others wounded after gunmen attacked a Turkish restaurant in the capital, Ouagadougou. The assailants launched the assault on the Aziz Istanbul restaurant on Kwame Nkrumah Avenue late on Sunday and continued into the early hours of Monday morning. Officials said three attackers have been killed by security forces and claim the siege is now over. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes 18 months after jihadists from the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) killed 30 people in the city.

Five killed in jihadist attacks

Five people were killed in a series of attacks by suspected jihadists in northern Burkina Faso.  A security source told the AFP that attacks were carried out in three locations, without providing further details. Earlier this month the security forces clashed with gunmen in Kossi province, close to the northern border with Mali.

Security forces clash with gunmen in Kossi

The security forces have exchanged fire with unknown gunmen in the Kossi province, close to the border with Mali. "The Defense and Security Forces (SDF) are looking for alleged assailants who exchanged gunfire on Wednesday morning with a police patrol in Doumbala, before fleeing," reported the Burkina News Agency. No injuries were reported during the exchange.

Traffic restrictions imposed along Mali and Niger borders

Sahel's regional government announced on Thursday a partial traffic restriction to four departments along the Burkinabe Sahel. Titabe, Seytenga, Falangoutou and Tin Akoff are among the areas restricted for the movement of motor and non-motor vehicles from 17:00 to 6:00. According to the communique, the areas along the border strip with Niger and Mali are also included. 

Two Burkinabe officials kidnapped in Mali

Two Burkinabe officials were abducted along the Malian border by unknown gunmen on Thursday.  The civil servants were abducted near Tin-Akoff at around 10:00, according to Burkina Faso's Ministry of Security.  The pair were later found "safe and sound", according to security minister Simon Compaore.

Police strike in Burkina Faso

Police officers have gone on strike in Burkina Faso in protest at the management of the national police.  The officers held a sit-in outside the police headquarters (GCRS) in Ouagadougou on Tuesday, demanding greater transparency over how the police budget is spent.  The police also claimed to be poorly equipped and underpaid.

Soldier wounded in rocket attack

A Burkinabe soldier was wounded in a rocket attack near the Malian border on Monday.  The troops were stationed at a camp in Nassoumbou when the attack happened.  On Sunday a gendarmerie was wounded in an ambush in the nearby town of Petega.  The identity of the assailants has not been confirmed.

Schools closed in northern Burkina Faso

Schools in northern Burkina Faso have closed due to the threat of terrorism.  Last week gunmen on motorbikes killed two people, including a school official, in the Soum province before ordering schools in the area to close.  Jihadists had warned weeks ago of attacks if schools didn't close or teach only the Quran.

Gunmen attack police posts in Burkina Faso

Suspected jihadists have attacked two police posts near the Mali border in northern Burkina Faso.  The raids were carried out in the Soum province overnight on Monday, according to security minister Simon Compaore.  "We're trying to find out if this is a diversion tactic, used to (get us to) mobilise security forces and then attack more important targets," said Mohamed Dah, Soum police high commissioner.

Sahel states agree to counter-terror force

Five countries in the Sahel have agreed to set up a joint counter-terror force to target jihadist groups.  Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger made the agreement in Mali's capital, Bamako, on Monday.  Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said a UN resolution and Security Council approval would be requested before the force could be formed.  The meeting came a month after the al-Mourabitoun jihadist group carried out an attack in Gao in northern Mali that killed around 80 people.

Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali set up counter-terror force

Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali have agreed to set up a counter-terror force to end militant activity along their shared borders.  “The region of Liptako, once a haven of peace is fast becoming a sanctuary of terrorist groups and criminals of all kinds … Despite the efforts made by the member states, in relation to the international community, the security situation in the zone remains volatile and worrying,” said the communique from the conference.  The force will operate in a similar way to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which is fighting Boko Haram across northern Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

Eleven soldiers killed in jihadist attack, Soum

At least 11 soldiers have been killed in a jihadist attack in the Nassoumbou area of Soum province. The attack has reportedly been called the largest offensive attack ever carried out by the jihadis against the army forces. 

Twenty killed by dengue fever in Burkina Faso

At least 20 people have been killed by a dengue fever outbreak in Burkina Faso.  Around 2,000 cases of the disease have been reported in the country across all 12 districts of the capital, Ouagadougou, while there have also been outbreaks in the Sahel Region and Hauts-Bassins.  The outbreak has promoted the health ministry in neighbouring Ghana to issue a warning that the disease could spread across the region.

Doctors and health workers begin 72-hour strike

Doctors and health workers across Burkina Faso have begun a 72-hour strike calling for higher salaries and more allowances. The strike has left hospitals and clinics unable to serve patients as they struggle to operate without most of their workers. Anyone travelling in the area should be aware of the lack of health care support during this time.

Dengue fever outbreak in Burkina Faso

An outbreak of the mosquito-borne dengue fever has been reported in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, according to the WHO.  Between 5 August and 12 November more than 1,000 probable cases and 15 deaths were reported across all 12 districts of the city.  The outbreak caused the opposition UPC to publicly demand improvements in health care and sanitation.

Jihadist killed by police in Ouagadougou

A suspected jihadist was shot dead by police during an exchange of gunfire in Ouagadougou on Sunday.  Three men were involved in the incident. which occurred in the Kilwin suburb on Sunday morning.  “The group were Burkinabe and our forces killed one jihadist,” police chief Lazare Tarpaga told Reuters, adding that police were still seeking at least two other missing men.

Coup attempt thwarted in Burkina Faso

On 21 October, the Minister of the Interior, Simon Compaoré, stated that an attempted coup had been thwarted by the government. The coup attempt was planned for 8 October, with rebel elements within the army planning to target the presidential palace, main gendarmerie station in Ouagadougou and the military prison. Approximately 20 military personnel have been arrested and are being interrogated over their involvement. Government officials have identified adjutant Gaston Coulibaly as the the head of the coup attempt and are actively hunting for him. Civilian elements are also stated to have been involved in the plot. 

Three killed in attack on army detachment in Oudalan

On 12 October, unidentified gunmen attacked a national army detachment operating in Intangom, Oudalan province, between 04:00 and 07:00 local time. Three soldiers died in the attack. Responsibility for the attack is unknown, but Burkina Faso has often been the target of jihadist attacks from militants in neighbouring Mali.

Three police officers killed near Mali border

Three Burkina Faso police officers have been killed in an attack near the Malian border.  Unknown gunmen targeted the Intangom police station in the Sahel region late on Tuesday evening.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes four months after 30 people were killed in an attack by jihadists in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Ruling party wins municipal elections

The ruling party People's Movement for Progress (MPP) has won the majority of seats in the municipal elections in the country. From almost 20,000 seats, MPP held over 11,000 while its main opposition, the Union for Progress and Change (UPC) won around 3,000.  The MPP, led by President Roch Marc Kabore, won seats in virtually all major cities, ousting the Congress Democracy and Progress party (CDP) led by former president Blaise Campoare, which had held the major councils since 1995.

Police station attacked by gunmen near Djibo

A police station has been attacked by armed men in Koutoukou, northern Burkina Faso. Two police officers were wounded after heavily armed men stormed the building near the Malian border, setting it on fire before fleeing the scene. The country's Interior Minister, Simon Comparore, stated that based on the operational method of the attack that it was probably carried out by "terrorists". All of the countries in the Sahel have been destabilised by the various jihadist groups that operate in the region.

Hotel siege ends with 27 people dead

At least 27 people, included four attackers, have been confirmed dead after Islamist militants attacked a hotel in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou.  The army, with the aid of French special forces, managed to free more than 150 hostages after militants stormed the four star Splendid Hotel on Friday evening.  The nearby Cappuccino café and the Yibi hotel were also targeted in the attack, which al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have claimed responsibility for.

Australian couple kidnapped in Burkina Faso

An Australian couple have been kidnapped by suspected Islamist militants in northern Burkina Faso.  Ken and Jocelyn Elliot, who are both in their 80s, ran a medical clinic in the town of Dijibo, close to the border with Mali.  The Emirate of the Sahara group are reported to have abducted the couple on Friday night.  The incident happened as other Islamic militants attacked the Splendid Hotel in the capital, Ouagadougou, killing 28 people. 

Gunmen storm hotel in Ouagadougou

Gunmen have stormed a hotel in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, taking a number of people hostage.  Two car bombs exploded outside the entrance of the four star Splendid Hotel, which is popular with foreigners and UN staff, at around 19:30 local time.  Heavy gunfire has been reported at the scene and the hotel has been surrounded by security forces.  The nearby Cappuccino café also appears to have been targeted in the attack. 

Burkina Faso elects new president

Roch Marc Christian Kabore has been elected as the new president of Burkina Faso after security 53.5 percent during Sunday's vote.  Kabore, from the Movement of People for Progress party, will replace the transitional government which was installed when former leader Blaise Compaore was forced from office in October, 2014.  Around 25,000 troops and police had been deployed across the country to maintain order following the failed coup by the presidential guard in September.

Large-scale attack thwarted in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso's security forces have thwarted a "large-scale attack" in the country, according to the security minister.  Alain Zagre told state radio on Friday that 13 people had been arrested and bomb-making materials seized during the operation near the Malian border.  The incident comes two days ahead of landmark general elections in Burkina Faso, the first free vote in three decades.

General Diendere charged over coup

General Gilbert Diendere has been charged with various crimes following last month's short-lived coup.  Gen Diendere will face trial before a military tribunal on charges including threatening state security, murder and wilful destruction of property after leading the presidential guard to overthrow interim President Michel Kafando.  Former Foreign Minister Djibril Bassole has also been formally charged, although he denies any involvement in the coup.

Presidential guard refusing to disarm

Burkina Faso's presidential guard, who carried out a short-lived coup earlier this month, are refusing to disarm.  The Presidential Security Regiment (RSP), a unit of 1,200 soldiers, was disbanded by the government last Friday in response to the political upheaval during which 11 people died and hundreds more were wounded. Gen Diendere, who lead the coup, admitted it had been "the biggest mistake. We knew the people were not in favour of it," he said.

President reinstated after coup leaders sign truce

Burkina Faso's interim president, Michel Kafando, has been reinstated after the leaders of last week's coup signed a truce. “The transition has been restored and this very minute I am resuming the exercise of power,” Kafando said.  The deal was reached after the army deployed to the capital, Ouagadougou, and issued an ultimatum to the elite presidential guard (RSP).  Under the terms of the agreement the RSP have stood down and the army has agreed to withdraw its troops from the capital.

Army issues ultimatum to coup leaders

Burkina Faso's army has ordered the leaders of the presidential guard who carried out last week's coup to surrender or face attack. Elsewhere members of the West African regional group ECOWAS are currently meeting in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to discuss the crisis in Burkina Faso. Earlier coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere said: "Given what happened, the damage that followed this crisis, I think apologising was the least we could do."

Army marches on presidential guard in Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso's army is marching on the capital, Ouagadougou, after military chiefs issued a warning to the members of the presidential guard who led last week's coup. "All the national armed forces are converging on Ouagadougou with the sole aim of disarming the presidential guard without any bloodshed," said a statement by army chiefs. Following the news local reporters said that the city's streets were emptying and local businesses remained closed.

Three dead in post-coup violence

At least three people have been killed and more than 60 others wounded in protests following the military coup in Burkina Faso.  The US, France, the African Union (AU) and the UN have all condemned the actions of the presidential guard, with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon calling for the military to "exercise restraint".  In a televised statement on Friday the coup leaders said they will release the detained interim president, Michel Kafando, and hold elections "soon".

UK FCO advise against all travel to the country

Following the military coup in Burkina Faso, where the military dissolved the interim government, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a travel alert, recommending that any UK nationals living in Burkina Faso limit their movements around the country as much as they possibly can. They should also monitor local media to remain informed of any developments. It advised any nationals preparing to visit the country to postpone their trips, in light of the current political atmosphere. Many other state agencies and departments of foreign affairs have issued similar warnings to their nationals.

Presidential guard dissolves government in coup

The Presidential Guard in Burkina Faso have announced that they have dissolved the transitional government, and a new "national democratic council" has taken control. Interim parliament speaker Cheriff Sy said the move was "clearly a  coup." On Wednesday, Presidential Guard officers arrested the interim president and prime minister. They were due to hand power over to a new government after elections on 11 October. 

Demonstrations scheduled for 25 April

The US embassy in Burkina Faso has warned that a demonstration will take place in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou on 25 April.  Several political parties and civil society organisations have joined the call for the rally in support of the transitional government.  The rally is scheduled to take place at Place Tiefo Amoro at 08:00 and is expected to finish at 12:00.

Romanian security officer kidnapped by gunmen in north

Gunmen have kidnapped a Romanian security officer from a manganese mining project in northern Burkina Faso.  The managing director of Pan African Minerals, who operate the Tambao mine, said "they kidnapped the Romanian leading the patrol. The driver was wounded in the foot and a gendarme was seriously injured." A local security source said the unidentified gunmen fled towards the borders of Mali and Niger.

Thousands join protest against presidential guard

Thousands of people have taken part in a protest against the presidential guard in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou.  During the rally on Saturday the crowds held banners reading "threat to the republic" and "no to an army within the army".  On Friday the presidential guard, known locally as the RSP, pledged not to interfere with the political transition caused by the forced resignation of former president Blaise Compaore last year.

New interim president announced in Burkina Faso

Authorities in Burkina Faso have named a former foreign minister, Michel Kafando, as the country's new interim president.  Mr Kafando, who will name a prime minister and appoint a new government, will be unable to stand at elections scheduled for late next year.  Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, who appointed himself as head of state last month, earlier restored the constitution in order to "allow the start of the establishment of a civilian transition".

Army told to cede power to transitional government

The African Union (AU) has told Burkina Faso's army to hand power over to a civilian government within the next two weeks.  Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida responded by saying "we are going to move very fast, but be careful not to commit a mistake that might damage our country".  The AU said the army had acted unconstitutionally when it took over after President Blaise Compaore was forced to resign on Friday.

President Blaise Compaore resigns

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation after violence protests against his rule.  An army spokesman told tens of thousands of protesters that "as of today, Compaore is no longer in power".  Civil unrest was sparked earlier this week when Mr Compaore attempted to amend the constitution to allow him to seek a fifth-term in office.  Local media are reporting that the speaker of parliament was in temporary charge of the country.

Protesters set fire to Burkina Faso parliament

Anti-government protesters have set fire to the parliament building in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou.   The city hall, ruling party headquarters and national television headquarters have also been been targeted by the protesters.  At least one person died in the unrest, which saw police fire tear gas in an attempt to stop the demonstrators reaching the national assembly.

Clashes erupt during anti-government rally in Ouagadougou

Clashes have been reported during a mass anti-government rally in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou.  Police fired tear gas at rock-throwing protesters during a march against President Blaise Compaore's plans to scrap term limits.  The violence flared as demonstrators tried to advance towards the National Assembly in the centre of the city.

Burkina Faso Data Sheet

Population:
15.7 million
Major Religion/s:
Islam, Christianity
International dialing code:
+226
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
Police 17, Medical 18, Fire 18
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
220V
Climate:
Tropical
Ohter Major Cities:
Bodo-Dioulasso
Borders:
Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire