A soldier from Burkina Faso takes part in a training with Austrian army instructors at the Kamboinse - General Bila Zagre military camp near Ouagadougo in Burkina Faso on April 13, 2018.AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO
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On the edge of the forbidding Sahara in the dusty northern market town of Djibo, Burkina Faso's battle against extremism is at its most acute.According to an official toll, 80 attacks have taken place since March 2015, causing 133 deaths, in addition to a triple assault by extremists in the capital Ouagadougou in March this year in which 60 people were killed.Two hundred schools in northern Burkina Faso have closed, leaving around 20,000 pupils and 800 teachers idle, authorities say.Burkinabe political analyst Souleymane Ouedraogo said seven out of the nine administrative areas in the northern province of Soum had been hit by attacks since 2015 .In June 2017, it launched a three-year emergency program worth 455 billion CFA francs (700 million euros) to improve security, education, health and drinking water in the country's Sahel region.
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