Ouagadougou — A summit of five nations that have joined forces to fight jihadism in the Sahel got under way on Tuesday, a day after another terror attack in the region claimed 14 lives. Leaders of the G5 Sahel - Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger - gathered in the Burkinabe capital of Ouagadougou. Their one-day meeting aims to beef up co-ordination in the war on jihadists who have killed hundreds of civilians and inflicted crippling economic damage. On the eve of the summit, 14 civilians were killed by insurgents in a predawn attack at Kain in northern Burkina Faso near the Mali border, the military said. It said it carried out retaliatory air strikes and land operations in three northern provinces, “neutralising” 146 fighters, a claim that could not be independently confirmed. “Burkina Faso, the host of this summit, which used to be among the most peaceful countries in the world ... is today the victim of attacks by terrorists with regressive aims,” said former Burundia...

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