France and five Sahel region nations agree to combine forces against militants in volatile region, leaders say after a summit in Pau, southwest France, with President Macron pledging 220 more troops to reinforce Barkhane operation.
The withdrawal of US troops from West Africa will affect the region as well as the militarisation in Africa
"Heavily-armed terrorists" target convoy in western region of Tillaberi, killing seven police personnel and seven national guards, interior ministry says.
Burkina Faso, bordering Mali and Niger, has seen regular militant attacks which have left hundreds dead since the start of 2015 when militant violence began to spread across the Sahel region.
France’s security failure in the Sahel has caused popular anger towards the former colonial power as many chant: 'Get out France, we don’t want to see you here.'
The Sahel region sees a tenfold increase in the number of deaths in militant attacks while France urges other countries to do more.
The once-peaceful African country is at the centre of a gold rush and militant attacks.
French Defence Minister Florence Parly said an investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances of the accident.
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The militant attack on a police base in the north of the country also left one police officer dead and seven officers injured, police said.
The army says 24 fighters were killed in the first operation on Friday and a further eight in a second on Saturday, in the north of the country.
It was the third deadly attack suffered by the Canadian firm Semafo in 15 months in the West African country, which is battling growing violence.
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