Burkina Faso forces kill 146 extremists after civilian attack

Extremists have increased attacks in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region, also shifting to the forested east near the Niger border. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 February 2019
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Burkina Faso forces kill 146 extremists after civilian attack

  • The combined operations killed 146 extremists fleeing to Mali
  • Extremists have increased attacks in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region, also shifting to the forested east near the Niger border

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso’s commander general says armed forces have killed 146 extremists in three counterattack operations in the northwest near its border with Mali.
Gen. Moise Minoungou spoke on National Television late Monday saying armed men entered Kain village early Monday and killed 14 men and women. He said Burkina Faso’s army responded by fighting in Kain, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Ouahigouya in the north Yatenga province. With air support it also fought in Bahn in the north region and Bomboro in the Boucle du Mouhon region.
He said the combined operations killed 146 extremists fleeing to Mali.
Extremists have increased attacks in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region, also shifting to the forested east near the Niger border.
Burkina Faso is part of the G5 Sahel regional counterterror force.


Italian hostage freed after 3 years in Syria returns home

Updated 23 May 2019
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Italian hostage freed after 3 years in Syria returns home

  • The man who disappeared traveled to Turkey in October 2016
  • An official said the man was kidnapped by a criminal gang

MILAN: Italy’s defense minister says an Italian who had been held hostage in Syria for three years has been released and returned to Italy.

Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta late Wednesday confirmed Alessandro Sandrini’s arrival at Rome’s Ciampino airport and thanked Italian intelligence services for their role in his liberation. Details were not disclosed.

Sandrini, who is in his early 30s, disappeared after traveling to Turkey in October 2016, and wasn’t heard from for over a year. In July 2018, a dramatic video showed Sandrini wearing an orange jumpsuit flanked by masked men brandishing automatic weapons, appealing to Italy to help free him as quickly as possible.

A local government in Syria affiliated with the Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Hayat Tahir-al Sham said he had been kidnapped by a criminal gang.