Burkina Faso appoints head of intelligence agency to face terror attack challenge

François Ouedraogo, a Burkina Faso gendarmerie colonel has been appointed as head of National Intelligence Agency to cope with the rising tide of terrorist attacks in the country, official source said on Thursday.

Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso

The appointment came “less than two months after a jihadist attack killed thirty people in Ouagadougou, the capital city, ” a government report said.

Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso
The government had already enacted a decree to establish Burkina Faso information community which includes all intelligence structures.

On January 15, just days after new authorities took power in Burkina Faso, a luxury hotel and a restaurant in Ouagadougou were hit by heavy armed gunmen, leaving 30 people killed, 56 others wounded.

A democratic election which concluded in November 2015 had ended the one-year transition in the country.

However, Burkina Faso has been experiencing since then a wave of terrorist attacks, especially in the northern region. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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