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Vol 57 No 2

Published 22nd January 2016


Burkina Faso

Blaming Blaise

Ouagadougou is awash with speculation about connections between the jihadists who attacked the capital on 15 January and ex-President Blaise Compaoré's now-disbanded Praetorian guard, the Régiment de sécurité présidentielle. In July 2012, the RSP's then boss, General Gilbert Diendéré brokered a ransom of 15 million euros (US$18 mn.) to the Al Qaida-linked Mouvement pour l'unicité et le jihad en Afrique de l'Ouest in exchange for three Western hostages and the release from prison of two MUJAO fighters. Diendéré now awaits trial in gaol for last September's coup attempt.

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