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

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.


Curtains close on Jaipur Literature Festival

Updated 28 January 2020

Curtains close on Jaipur Literature Festival

  • This year’s themes were current trends in politics, wider society, the economy, art, and literature

NEW DELHI: The 13th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) came to a close on Monday after registering a footfall of more than 400,000 visitors during the five-day event, which saw the participation of more than 500 speakers from 30 countries.

What started as a small event in the western Indian city of Jaipur in 2007 has gone on to become one of the most prestigious literary festivals in the world, so much so that the Diggi Palace, an expansive medieval structure which was used as the venue for the JLF every year, became overcrowded this year, forcing organizers to look for a new venue for 2021.

This year’s themes were current trends in politics, wider society, the economy, art, and literature.

With India witnessing continuous protests against new citizenship legislation introduced by the government, most of the political discussions revolved around the issue, with many drawing attention to the danger it posed to the constitution and the secular fabric of the country.

Changes taking place in the Arab world were also part of this year’s discourse with four Arab authors speaking at the JLF.