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03 Oct 2018 | 08:46 AM UTC

Burkina Faso: Armed attack in Essakane (northeast) October 3

Burkina Faso News Alert

Unidentified armed men attempt to attack a gold mining site and kidnap mining workers in Essakane (Oudalan province) October 3; avoid the area

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/3/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/4/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Essakane

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Event

Unidentified armed men reportedly attempted to attack a gold mining site and kidnap mining workers in Essakane (Oudalan province; Sahel region; northeast) on Wednesday, October 3. According to local sources, residents and security forces managed to repel the attack; one assailant was reportedly arrested. It remains unclear who was behind the assault. Further related attacks are possible.

Context

Rates of criminal violence - much of which is interlinked with terrorist activity - have increased in the northern region, especially around gold mine areas. Meanwhile, terrorism has become an increasingly serious security threat in Burkina Faso, especially in the northern Sahel region, since 2015. Attacks are usually attributed to Ansarul Islam and other groups affiliated with Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

Advice

Due to the serious threats of terrorism and kidnapping, individuals present in Burkina Faso - including the capital Ouagadougou - are strongly advised to be discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and places frequented by Westerners, to remain vigilant at all times (especially in local markets, now used by terrorists as recruitment grounds), and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities. A number of Western governments advise against all travel to areas within 50 km (30 mi) of the Malian border above the Dori-Niangoloko line. Nonessential travel to the western city of Bobo-Dioulasso and border regions of Tapoa province is also advised against due to unstable security conditions along the borders.

 

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