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Despite announced military actions, 8 killed in fresh Jihadist attack in Burkina Faso

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At least eight people died as terrorist struck again in Burkina Faso. This time in Sandiaga, a town in the eastern province of Koulpelogo.

The attack was confirmed by a local resident who said that “the victims were on their way to the ceremony when armed individuals attacked at around 9amshooting sporadically.

military operation against armed groups in the Diarkadougou and Lolonioro forests in the northeastern province of Bougouriba had resulted in “the dismantling of three terrorist bases and the neutralisation of around 20 jihadists”.

Recall that the military junta of Burkina Faso two weeks ago had created two “zones of military interests” where “all human presence is forbidden” in the north of the country.

The army reiterated its position to keep civilians from certain zones last week when it announced an ultimatum of two weeks for civilians to evacuate vast areas in its northern and southeastern regions.

In the wake of the ultimatum and military operation, there has been a series of attacks. According to a security source, “A terrorist attack left eight civilians dead.”

According to Reuter, another security source, also confirmed that two other deadly incidents also took place on Sunday, in Boulonga and Alga, two localities in the northern province of Bam.

Terrorist activity in Burkina Faso  has involved religious terrorism conducted by foreign-based organizations, although some activity occurs because of communal frustration over the lack of economic development. Recent attacks are concentrated in the Hauts-Bassins, Boucle du Mouhoun, Nord, Sahel, and East regions, along the border with Mali and Niger.

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UN peacekeeping mission to resume operations in Mali month after suspension

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Barely a month after the Malian junta suspended operations of UN peacekeeping troops on its soil, a spokesperson of the mission has confirmed that mission will resume again on Monday.

Malian authorities in a statement in July suspended all rotations of the military and police contingents of the United Nations Mission in Mali (UNMIS). The suspension was in continuation of its position of severing foreign relations, the suspension includes UN mission that are already scheduled.

The spokesperson said the mission and Malian authorities had agreed on a streamlined rotation procedure and that the mission’s request to resume rotations on Monday had been accepted.

Mali’s foreign ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

Relations between Mali and troop-contributing countries remain strained. On Friday, Germany said it was suspending its military reconnaissance mission, which provides intelligence to MINUSMA, after Malian authorities withheld a flight clearance

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies.

It started by breaking defense alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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15 African migrants found dead in the Libyan-Sudan border desert

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At least 15 African migrants were found dead on Saturday in the desert on the Libyan borders with Sudan, with authorities saying the tragedy involved migrants seeking a better life in Europe while perilous journeys through the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea.

The discovery of the victims was made by the Libyan Department for Combating Irregular Migration, in the southeastern city of Kufra, which said the migrants were on their way from Sudan to Libya when their vehicle broke down due to lack of fuel.

The agency, in a statement, said nine other migrants survived while two remain missing in the desert.

It added that there were women and children among the migrants, but did not elaborate on how many they were.

It also did not reveal causes of the migrants’ death, but said they did not have enough food and water.

“All the migrants were Sudanese, from a country in turmoil for years. The migrants likely attempted to reach western Libya in efforts to board trafficking boats to Europe,” the department said on its Facebook page.

In June, the Libya authorities had also discovered bodies of 20 migrants in the sprawling Kufra desert who they said died of thirst after their vehicle broke down close to the border with Chad.

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