Burkina Faso ‘drone hero’ identity mix-up
12 December 2021 | 6:29 am
A 13-year-old boy has become a national hero in Burkina Faso. Eyewitnesses claim that he shot down a French military drone with a slingshot. But posts on social media are attributing this act to a completely different 9-year-old boy. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
Several armored vehicles of the presidential fleet, stained with blood and riddled with bullets, could be seen near the president's residence on Monday morning after reports emerged that Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore had been detained at a military camp by mutinying soldiers. It was not immediately clear if Kabore was in the vehicle when the attack took place but residents of the president's neighborhood reported heavy gunfire overnight.
Old images of the 2014 uprising in Burkina Faso are being widely shared on social media, falsely presented as footage of the current coup in the country. We show you some examples in this edition of Truth or Fake.
A project is supporting agricultural innovation in rural Burkina Faso by connecting farmers using small easy-to-use transmitters. They can transmit FM broadcasts within a small town and its surrounding fields.
The ECOWAS bloc has suspended Burkina Faso after the army overthrew the president. Burkina Faso is the third member to face punishments from the bloc as a result of a military takeover in roughly 18 months.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Burkina Faso in response to Monday's coup that removed the democratically elected President, Roch Marc Christian Kabore. The decision was taken during a virtual extraordinary summit of heads of state of the bloc, held on Friday, January 28, 2022.
France says nearly 60 fighters from Islamist militias were killed in the days leading up to the coup. The jihadists were killed by forces involved with Operation Barkhane led by France.
Representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Monday met with the ousted President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Kabore. Prior to the meeting there had been no information about the whereabouts or condition of the former leader. While the delegation did not reveal where the meeting with Korbare took place, the head of the mission, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, said he was in good health.
Senegal is set to face Burkina Faso in the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday. Both teams held training sessions in Yaounde on Tuesday as they prepare for a battle to reach the final. Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said it was high time Senegal bring home some hardware adding that he thinks his team has the talent to do so.
The Lions of Teranga and the Stallions will battle it out at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo on Wednesday with a spot in this year's AFCON final at stake. Neither team has won the competition in their history but both have come close, with Senegal finalists in 2019 and Burkina Faso in 2013. We're joined by Sports Editor Simon Harding and Eurosport's Ruben Slagter to take a look at which players are likely to take their teams to glory and what to expect from a match dripping with star names, including Sadio Mané and Bertrand Traoré.
Senegal are through to a second consecutive Africa Cup of Nations final after breaking Burkina Faso hearts in their last-four tie in Yaounde on Wednesday, Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gana Gueye and Sadio Mane scoring second-half goals to secure a 3-1 victory.
Ex-leader Blaise Compaore is on trial for the 1987 murder of Thomas Sankara, a revered revolutionary leader. Sankara's death coincided with a coup that installed Campaore in power for 27 years.
The French army on Saturday said it killed 40 militants in Burkina Faso. According to a statement posted on Twitter, the militants were "neutralized" during a joint operation with Burkinabe armed forces. The statement went on to say that the armed "terrorist group" was responsible for two attacks in neighboring Benin.
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