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.

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

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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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