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More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homes

FREETOWN: A mudslide killed more than 200 people on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes and leaving residents desperate for news of missing family members. The Red Cross said at least 205 bodies had been taken to the central morgue in Freetown. Police and military personnel were at the scene in the mountain town of Regent searching for people trapped in the debris. Many people living at the foot of Mount Sugar Loaf were asleep when the mountainside collapsed, burying dozens…

17 dead in Burkina Faso restaurant ‘terrorist attack’

BURKINA FASO: Seventeen people have been killed and eight injured in a “terrorist attack” on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital, the government said Monday. Witnesses said three gunmen arrived at a Turkish restaurant in a pickup truck on Sunday evening and opened fire on customers seated outside. The government then launched a counter-assault, with gunfire heard into the night. “A terrorist attack at Istanbul restaurant on Ouagadougou's Kwame Nkrumah Avenue claimed 17 victims, their nationalities are yet to be…