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18 Oct 2018 | 11:08 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: Police outpost in Djibo (Soum province) attacked Oct. 18

Burkina Faso News Alert

Unidentified assailants attack police outpost in Djibo (Soum province) on October 18; avoid the area

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/18/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/19/2018, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Djibo

Event

Unidentified assailants reportedly attacked a police outpost in Djibo (Soum province) at approximately 21:00 (local time) on Thursday, October 18. Local media reported heavy gunfire in the city; although there are no immediate reports of casualties. A security outpost located approximately two km (1.2 mi) from Djibo was also attacked by unidentified gunmen on October 17; several police officers sustained injuries during the incident.

Context

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). Meanwhile, rates of criminal violence - much of which is interlinked with terrorist activity - have also increased.

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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