BURKINA FASO –Suspected Islamist militants killed 35 civilians – 31 of them women – in anattack on a military base and a town here, officials said. Suspected Islamist militants killed 35 civilians – 31 of them women – in an attack on a military base and a town in Burkina Faso, officials said. AFP/GETTY IMAGES Tuesday’sattack was carried out by dozens of fighters on motorbikes and lasted severalhours. No group has so far said it was behind it, but groups allied to al-Qaedaor Islamic State are active in the region. Burkina Faso, apredominantly Muslim country, was once relatively stable but has descended intoserious unrest since 2015. Around 700 people were killed and 560,000 displaced.(BBC) Jihadist groupshave stepped up attacks in Burkina Faso and other West African countries, inrecent years. They addedseven soldiers and 80 militants were killed as the army repelled Tuesday’sattack in Arbinda, in northern Soum province. President RochMarc Christian Kaboré declared two days of national mourning.
The National Commission for the Fight Against Drugs (CONALD), says it is perturbed at the “appalling” abuse of illegal drugs in schools, homes and in the country in general.Haiti in joining the international community in observing the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking ,CONALD’s co-ordinator Lener Renauld said the country is facing an uphill battle to deal with the drug epidemic. He said while the Commission does not intend to have any high profile activities to mark the occasion of it wishes to “invite everyone, in order to counter, as far as possible, the overwhelming consequences that strangle the Haitian youth”.He said CONALD is “appalled” by the “abuse of drugs, in our schools, our universities, in the homes as in the streets” but it is nonetheless assuring the population of the fight “in accordance with the priorities established by the Head of State and in accordance with the general policy of the Government”.The Commission said it welcomes the efforts of the law enforcement institutions working together to “stem the scourge of drugs and calls for the involvement of Haitian society.