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18 dead in Burkina Faso restaurant attack

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The attack that began Sunday night in a Turkish restaurant popular with foreigners also left a dozen people injured, while two assailants were later killed

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (Aug. 14, 2017) — At least 18 people have been gunned down in a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, the government said Monday, August 14, the latest west African attack to target a spot popular with foreigners. Continue reading 18 dead in Burkina Faso restaurant attack

Al-Qaeda claims deadly attack at Ivory Coast beach resort

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A general view of the Etoile du Sud hotel in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast March 13, 2016. Legnan Koula/EPA
The attack bears grim similarities to the Islamist gun and grenade assault on a Tunisian beach resort last June

GRAND-BASSAM, Ivory Coast (Mar. 14, 2016) — Heavily-armed men gunned down 16 people at an Ivory Coast resort Sunday, March 13, in an attack claimed by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, leaving bodies strewn on the beach as fears grow of a mounting jihadist threat in West Africa.

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Little to show for in Boko Haram-ISIS partnership

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BLACK FLAG. A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. Photo by Stephanie Yas/AFP
Some security consultants predict Boko Haram in Nigeria could this year be reduced to a largely criminal, regional threat

LAGOS, Nigeria (Mar. 7, 2016) — When Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last year, there were fears the deadly insurgency in northeast Nigeria would take on an international dimension.

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Destruction of Timbuktu goes before ICC judges

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HERITAGE. Workers begin the reconstruction of 15th-16th century mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali in 2014. File photo courtesy of UNESCO
Timbuktu, founded in the 11th century, was ‘one of the great centers of Islamic learning in the world, a center of civilization at a time when Europe was in the dark ages’

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Feb. 29, 2016) — Prosecutors Tuesday, March 1, will unveil charges against an alleged Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist accused of destroying monuments at the fabled city of Continue reading Destruction of Timbuktu goes before ICC judges

Al-Qaeda claims attack on UN military camp in Timbuktu

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The attack comes 3 months after a similar strike on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako and one month after a raid on a top hotel in Burkina Faso

BAMAKO, Mali (Feb. 6, 2016) — Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb on Saturday, February 6, said they carried out Friday’s attack on a UN military camp in Timbuktu in Mali’s restive north.

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Al-Qaeda names Burkina attackers

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TERROR ATTACK. File photo of paramedics evacuating a body outside the Splendid hotel and the Cappuccino restaurant following a jihadist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 16, 2016. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/Agence France-Presse
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb says the Splendid Hotel was ‘one of the most dangerous dens of global espionage in the west of the African continent’

PARIS, France (Jan. 18, 2016) — Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Monday, January 18, named three gunmen who killed at least 29 people in an attack on a top hotel in Burkina Faso, including several foreigners.

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Security forces hunt possible surviving Burkina hotel attackers

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TERROR ATTACK. Paramedics evacuate a body outside the Splendid hotel and the Cappuccino restaurant following a jihadist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 16, 2016. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/Agence France-Presse
Burkina Faso’s Interior Minister Simon Compaore says search security forces are carrying out careful searches for any possible surviving gunmen

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (Jan. 17, 2016) — Security forces were hunting Sunday, January 17, for any possible surviving gunmen from an attack on a top hotel in Burkina Faso that left at least 29 people dead and showed the expanding reach of regional jihadists in west Africa.

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National mourning in Burkina after hotel attack leaves 29 dead

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TERROR ATTACK. Paramedics evacuate a body outside the Splendid hotel and the Cappuccino restaurant following a jihadist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 16, 2016. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/Agence France-Presse
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore: ‘For the first time in its history, our country has fallen victim to a series of barbaric terrorist attacks’

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (Jan. 17, 2016) — At least 29 people, including 10 foreigners, were killed in an Al-Qaeda attack on a top hotel in Burkina Faso, an unprecedented strike in the capital illustrating the expanding reach of regional jihadists.

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Australian couple kidnapped by jihadists in Burkina Faso

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The Burkina government says the pair were kidnapped in Baraboule, near the west African country’s borders with Niger and Mali

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (Jan. 17, 2016) — Two Australians have been kidnapped in Burkina Faso, officials said Saturday, January 16, as a Malian Islamist group said the couple were in the hands of Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists.

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At least 26 killed in jihadist attack on Burkina Faso hotel

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AL-QAEDA ATTACK. A Burkina Faso soldier stands on January 15, 2016 near Hotel Splendid where the attackers remain. Photo by Ahmed Ouoba/AFP
Security forces retake the four-star Splendid hotel, popular with Westerners and UN personnel. A total of 126 people were freed, including 33 wounded.

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (Jan. 16, 2016) — At least 26 people, many of them foreigners, were killed in an attack overnight on a top hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso, the latest country to be drawn into a regional jihadist battle against the West and its allies.

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