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After 34 years, murder trial begins in assassination of Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara

The trial of 14 people accused of plotting the assassination of Burkina Faso’s former president Thomas Sankara started on Monday, 34 years after he was gunned down in one of the most infamous killings in modern African history.Sankara – a charismatic Marxist revolutionary widely known as “Africa’s Che Guevara” – was killed in 1987 during a coup led by his former ally Blaise Compaore.Compaore, who went on to rule the West African nation for almost three decades before he himself was ousted and…


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