Tuesday 21 November 2017
(The Associated Press 08/18/17)
The scene was all too familiar: Islamic extremists striking a popular dining spot while dozens of patrons, many of them foreigners, took a break from daily life in Burkina Faso. Victims were gunned down at random. Gunfire rang out for hours as special forces worked to secure the scene. After Sunday night’s deadly attack on Kwame N’krumah Avenue, some in this West African nation are wondering: How could this happen again only 200 meters (yards) away from the first massacre in January 2016? And why is the capital no safer? “There are no words to explain our anger and despair,” said Ousseni Tanagda, whose job selling phone credit has suffered since the 2016 attack on a popular cafe. “I was...
(Reuters 08/18/17)
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - A roadside bomb in northern Burkina Faso on Thursday killed three soldiers and wounded two, the military said. They did not say who was behind it, but Islamist militants are waging a sporadic campaign to destabilise the region and the attack followed a shooting spree by suspected jihadists in a popular restaurant in the capital Ouagadougou on Sunday. That killed 18 people, most of them foreign nationals. Colonel Fofana Lamoussa, an officer of the national order, said Thursday's attack involved a vehicle on patrol with a military detachment in Djibo that was hit by an improvised explosive device. "This explosion caused the deaths of three soldiers and injuries of two," he said in a statement on Friday...
(APA 08/18/17)
Four employees of the restaurant Aziz Istanbul which was attacked by terrorists on 13 August in Ouagadougou said they saved their lives by hiding in an empty container for almost six hours. Noellie Yameogo, a cleaner at the Aziz Istanbul, located along the Kwame N'Krumah Avenue in the heart of Ouagadougou, will recall the night from 13 to 14 August for the rest of her life. She is one of the survivors of the terrorist attack at her workplace, and three days after the tragedy, she still speaks with great emotion. Yameogo and three of her colleagues, including a man (the restaurant cook) were saved by the container placed at the back of the restaurant. "That day I was eating...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
Germany will train soldiers from Burkina Faso to help the West African nation combat a surge in terrorism, according to government officials. The announcement comes days after gunmen killed 18 people and injured 22 in an attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, the second assault in the city center in less than two years. A West African force is gearing up to fight militancy in the region, with Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad and Mauritania pledging soldiers for the unit. “Germany is engaged in Mali in the training of its forces, and we decided to enlarge it to the Burkinabe and they accepted,” Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Defense Ministry, Ralf Brauksiepe, said in Ouagadougou on...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
Islamist militant attacks in West Africa are increasing in intensity. High-profile strikes on resorts and restaurants that have shattered the area’s tourist industry get most of the attention. Yet barely a week goes by without a deadly incident in a remote rural zone where some of the world’s poorest people live. Instability in the region affects Europe because it benefits organized crime networks which are engaged in the smuggling and trafficking of migrants to the shores of Italy. 1. What’s the source of the trouble? Mainly continuing instability in Mali and, further afield, in Libya, where turmoil has opened up smuggling routes and access to weapons. A French military intervention in 2013 dealt a heavy blow to jihadist groups that...
(RFI(EN) 08/17/17)
French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the swift launch of a five-nation African anti-terror force following Sunday's murderous attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou. Macron spoke by phone to Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Monday after 18 people were killed and about 10 injured in the attack on a Turkish restaurant frequented by foreigners. He expressed France's solidarity "in this new ordeal faced by Burkina Faso" and repeated his intention to deepen contacts between the two countries, a statement by the French presidency said. The pair discussed efforts to identify the victims and the authors. French prosecutors have opened an terrorism investigation after one of the victims was identified as being a French...
(RFI(EN) 08/17/17)
Jihadi attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso overshadowed Tuesday's UN Security Council meeting, which discussed efforts to establish peace in Africa. Delegates were mulling plans to roll out an all-African force in the Sahel to tackle the armed Islamist threat, but the plan has been beset by challenges. The Security Council condemned Monday's attacks on two UN camps in Mali, which resulted in the deaths of one UN peacekeeper, a Malian soldier and a member of the Malian gendarmerie, along with six Malian contractors. “The Secretary-General stresses that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law,” a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement. The day before, gunmen killed 18 people in an...
(APA 08/17/17)
Aziz Istanbul Restaurant in Ouagodougou is still struggling to resume brisk business two days after it was targeted in a terrorist attack which killed 18 people. A reporter of the African Press Agency on Wednesday witnessed far from brisk business in the restaurant along the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue in the he Burkinabe capital where people are slowly beginning to go about their normal business. However, on the other side of the avenue opposite the restaurant, business activity is picking up with banks and shops open ...
(The Associated Press 08/16/17)
The scene was all too familiar: Islamic extremists striking a popular dining spot while dozens of patrons, many of them foreigners, took a break from daily life in Burkina Faso. Victims were gunned down at random. Gunfire rang out for hours as special forces worked to secure the scene. After Sunday night’s deadly attack on Kwame N’krumah Avenue, some in this West African nation are wondering: How could this happen again only 200 meters (yards) away from the first massacre in January 2016? And why is the capital no safer? “There are no words to explain our anger and despair,” said Ousseni Tanagda, whose job selling phone credit has suffered since the 2016 attack on a popular cafe. “I was...
(The Associated Press 08/16/17)
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Hours after suspected Islamic extremists opened fire as patrons dined at the popular restaurant where she worked as a waitress, Amy Sawadogo was still wandering around barefoot at a crisis center asking about her colleagues. “I just want to go to the hospital and see who is still alive,” the distraught young woman, who was still dressed in her uniform, said early Monday. “I am calling them in vain, no response.” The death toll rose to 18 and authorities said many of the victims were children dining with their families on a Sunday night at the Aziz Istanbul restaurant when horror struck once again in Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou. At least 22 people were...
(The Associated Press 08/16/17)
Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the capital of Burkina Faso late Sunday, killing at least 18 people in the second such attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the last two years. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which continued into the early hours Monday. Gunfire could be heard almost seven hours after the attack began. Communication Minister Remi Dandjinou told journalists that at least 18 people were dead and eight others wounded, according to a provisional toll. He said two of the attackers were also killed. The victims came from several different nationalities, he said. At least one of the dead was French. Security forces arrived at the scene...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
The "terrorist" attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso killed at least 18 people including eight foreigners and seven locals, the country's foreign minister Alpha Barry said Monday. The foreigners killed in Sunday's attack included one Frenchman; one Canadian woman; male victims from Senegal, Niger, Lebanon and Turkey; and two Kuwaiti women, while three victims remain unidentified, he said.
(APA 08/14/17)
A terrorist attack on Sunday night in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou, left 18 dead and eight others wounded, according to an official source. According to the source close to the national gendarmerie, the attack occurred Sunday at around 9 pm against the Aziz Istanbul Café-Restaurant on Kwame Nkrumah Avenue in the heart of Ouagadougou. The Burkinabe Defense Forces (FDS), the source added, immediately intervened and neutralized (in the early morning) the terrorists who are believed to be two. The Director of Communications of the National Gendarmerie, Captain Herve Ye told the private radio station Omega that the assailants arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on the customers. For his part, Burkina Faso’s Communication Minister and Government Spokesman, Remi Fulgence Dandjinou,...
(Reuters 08/14/17)
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 18 people and wounded several during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital overnight, but security forces shot dead both attackers and freed people trapped inside the building. "This is a terrorist attack," Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou told a news conference on Monday. Burkina Faso, like other countries in West Africa, has been targeted sporadically by jihadist groups. Most attacks have been along its remote northern border with Mali, which has seen activity by Islamist militants for more than a decade. A Reuters witness saw customers running out of the Aziz Istanbul restaurant in central Ouagadougou as police and paramilitary gendarmerie surrounded it, amid gunfire. A French citizen was...
(APA 08/14/17)
Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, on Monday, on his Tweeter page, praised his country’s Security Forces for their “bravery” in “neutralizing the perpetrators” of Sunday night’s terrorist attack that hit the “Istanbul Restaurant” in Ouagadougou, killing 18 people and wounding eight others. “I hail the bravery of our defense and security forces, whose commitment has made it possible to “neutralize the terrorists,” Roch Marc Christian Kabore tweeted. The President added that “the valiant people of Burkina Faso will oppose uncompromising resistance to terrorism and to the enemies of our country’s progress." For Roch Kabore, “the fight against terrorism is a long-term struggle. I therefore appeal to the vigilance, solidarity and unity of the whole nation to face the...
(BBC News Africa 08/14/17)
Gunmen have shot dead 18 people and injured others at a cafe in the centre of of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says. At least eight foreigners and seven locals were among those killed in Sunday's evening attack on the Aziz Istanbul cafe, the government added. The gunmen, thought to be jihadists, fired on customers on the terrace before making their way inside. Two attackers were killed in a siege which lasted into the morning. President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré condemned the "cowardly terror attack", saying the people of Burkina Faso would not give in to terrorism. The foreigners killed include two Kuwaitis, and one each from Canada, France, Lebanon, Nigeria, Senegal and Turkey, Burkina Faso's Foreign...
(APA 08/14/17)
France’s ambassador to Burkina Faso Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes has expressed on social networks his country’s solidarity with Burkina Faso, after the attack on the “Istanbul” Restaurant in Ouagadougou, in which 18 people were killed and eight wounded. “I extend my condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of Burkina Faso after the horrific attack on the ‘Istanbul’ Restaurant. Compassionate France,” Lapeyre de Cabanes tweeted. On its website, the French embassy wrote: “Our embassy is kept informed by the permanent contact with local authorities. French residents in Burkina Faso and visiting French nationals registered on the Ariane security system were alerted by the embassy and urged to avoid the sector and reassure their loved ones. “France...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the situation in Burkina Faso later on Monday with Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Kabore, after an attack on a restaurant in Ouagadougo which killed at least 18 people. "The president of the republic will hold talks during the day with his counterpart, President Roch Marc Kabore, in order to evaluate the situation," said a statement issued by Macron's office on Monday. The statement said France remained committed to working alongside countries in the region to fight against terrorist groups. French TV station BFM reported that one French citizen had been killed in the attack, although there was no immediate, official confirmation of this fatality.
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(Bloomberg 08/11/17)
Burkina Faso’s prime minister urged truck drivers to end a strike that’s halted all goods transports between the country’s two main cities and threatens to cause a fuel shortage. Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba met with truck drivers’ unions and apologized on behalf of his government for remarks made by Security Minister Simon Compaore that triggered the strike, his office said Thursday in an emailed statement. Trucks are barred from entering or leaving the capital, Ouagadougou, and the second-biggest city, Bobo-Dioulasso, causing a 30 percent increase in the fuel price at several gas stations in the capital. The indefinite strike began Wednesday after Compaore said publicly that policemen who’d beaten up a truck driver at the Togolese border shouldn’t feel...

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