Dollar rebounds after data shows lower-than-expected inflation in the US, denting the Aussie, euro and yuan
These companies use their intellectual powers and prowess to suffocate the life out of the nation
Thoko Didiza’s decision is to halt cattle movement from one property to another for any reason for a period of 21 days, reviewable weekly
Provincial chair elect indicates he will support Ramaphosa’s re-election as ANC president
The Takeover Regulation Panel gave the mobile operator a dressing down last week for issuing a statement about a potential R40bn merger
Consumer finances crumble under the pressure of rising prices and interest rates, Unisa vulnerability report shows
Some in the industry believe a ban on the export of scrap will mean a more competitive steel industry, with lower prices passed on to consumers
Kenya has a history of election disputes with more than 1,200 people killed in widespread violence after the 2007 presidential vote
Veteran seamer believes he still has plenty to offer despite turning 40
Wind-cheating design packs 525kW and 753Nm from a twin-turbo V12 engine
Ouagadougou — Burkina Faso’s army said on Wednesday that it had accidentally killed civilians during a counterterrorism operation in the country’s southeast earlier this week, without saying how many.
Residents of the area said as many as 37 people were killed in the strike on Monday near the village of Pognoa, about 10km from the border with Togo, where some fled afterwards.
The West African country has been battling an insurgency by Islamist militant groups, some linked to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, which control large swathes of territory and wage frequent attacks.
“During operations which made it possible to neutralise several dozen terrorists, the strikes unfortunately caused collateral victims within the civilian population,” the army said in a statement.
It did not say how many civilians were killed. The victims were hit by projectiles in the zone between Kompienga and Pognoa, it said.
One man from Pognoa said he had attended the burial of 37 people following the strike. A woman from the same town said about 30 people were killed, including women and children. Both sources requested anonymity out of fear of repercussions.
Nine people with injuries were admitted to the regional hospital in Dapaong, Togo, after the incident, a medical source said.
“According to the victims and those accompanying them, it was drone strikes. Some spoke of two strikes and others three,” said the medical source, who also requested anonymity.
Togo, which has been contending with the spillover of militancy from Burkina Faso, accidentally killed seven civilians in an air strike in July in the same border zone.
Burkina Faso in June ordered civilians to evacuate two large areas in its northern and southeastern regions ahead of anticipated operations against Islamist militants.
The strikes that hit civilians on Monday were near but outside one of those zones.
Would you like to comment on this article? Register (it's quick and free) or sign in now.
Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.
Published by Arena Holdings and distributed with the Financial Mail on the last Thursday of every month except December and January.