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16 Oct 2018 | 01:05 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: Terrorist attack drill in Ouagadougou October 16

Burkina Faso News Alert

Security forces to stage a counter-terrorism training simulation in Ouagadougou on October 16

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/16/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/19/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION OUagadougou

Event

The Ministry of Security has released a communiqué announcing that security forces will stage a counter-terrorism training simulation in the vicinity of the Stade du 4 Août (stadium) in the capital Ouagadougou on Tuesday, October 16. The ministry warned that shots will be heard during the exercise and asked the population to remain calm and collaborate with security forces.

Context

Terrorism has become an increasingly severe security threat in Burkina Faso since 2015. Educational institutions, local government officials, and security forces are specifically targeted. Initially concentrated in the Sahel region, attacks have spread to other regions, including eastern Burkina Faso (Est region) which is also known for high crime rates. Attacks are usually attributed to Ansarul Islam and other groups affiliated with Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). According to an official account released in mid-September, jihadist attacks have killed at least 118 people since 2015; at least 22 attacks were recorded in the Est region since February 2018.

Advice

Due to the severe threats of terrorism and kidnapping, individuals present in Burkina Faso - including 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, 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 areas north of the line running from Niangoloko (west) to Pama (east) is also advised against due to unstable security conditions.

 

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