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Two attacks by “armed terrorists” on villages in northern Burkina Faso left 15 people dead, the country's Defence Minister Cheriff Sy said on Monday.
The gunmen attacked the villages of Sagho and Toekodogo, in the Barsalogho district, on Saturday, Sy said in a statement, describing them as members of "armed terrorist groups".
"These attacks unfortunately caused the death of 15 people, 13 of them in Sagho and two in Toekodogo," he said. The attackers also set fire to three shops and around 10 motorcycles.
Once alerted, soldiers and members of the security forces were deployed who put the assailants to flight, Sy added.
Burkina Faso has suffered from increasingly frequent and deadly attacks attributed to a number of militant groups, including the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) and Daesh in the Greater Sahara.
More than 1,000 people have fled their homes because of the unrest in the region, finding refuge in the capital Ouagadougou, in the centre of the country.
The north of the former French colony, near the borders with Mali and Niger, has been particularly hard hit. The raids began in 2015 in the north before spreading to Ouagadougou and other regions, notably in the east.
The attacks have killed more than 460 people, according to an AFP tally.
Inter-communal violence, often aggravated by the militant violence, has added to the insecurity.
Last Tuesday, a militant attack in Belehede, in the northern province of Soum, claimed 17 lives.
In May, Burkina Faso's armed forces launched a major operation in the Sahel region in the north and centre-north of the country to try to crack down on the militant threat.
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Three prison guards and 29 inmates have been killed in a high-security prison in Tajikistan after convicted Daesh militants started a riot, the Central Asian nation's Justice Ministry said on Monday.
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Community members of all age groups and backgrounds in the UAE celebrated Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day with national zeal. Like every year, the major flag-hoisting ceremony was held in the premises of the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi which was led by Imtiaz Feroz Gondal, Charge d’Affaires.
Under the patronage of Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the 11th annual edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) will take place on Sept.28 and 29, 2022, at Expo Centre Sharjah. Vibrant discussions centred around this year’s theme “Challenges and Solutions,” will be led by senior public officials, thought leaders and government communication experts.
The patriotic zest was all too evident in the diplomatic missions of Pakistan in the country. The celebratory spirit gripped the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai, where Consul General Hassan Afzal Khan graced the events.