Armed Islamists have forced the closure of 3,280 schools in Burkina Faso. AFP
Armed Islamists have forced the closure of 3,280 schools -- nearly one in seven nationwide -- affecting 511,221 students and 14,901 teachers, government spokesman Alkassoum Maiga said after a cabinet meeting.
The landlocked Sahel state has been battling jihadist insurgents since 2015, when militants started to mount cross-border raids from neighbouring Mali.
More than 2,000 people have died, according to a toll compiled by AFP.
The national emergency aid body Conasure says that 1.5 million people, nearly two-thirds of them children, were internally displaced as of November 30.