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Burkina Faso: Police outpost in Soum province attacked November 8

Unidentified assailants attack police outpost in Soum province on November 8; at least one police officer wounded

08 Nov 05:18 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 11/8/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/15/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Soum province

Event

Unidentified assailants reportedly attacked a police outpost in Namsiguian, located 35 km (22 mi) from Djibo (Soum province), at approximately 06:00 (local time) on Thursday, November 8. Heavy gunfire was witnessed in the area, according to local reports. At least one police officer was wounded in the assault. Further attacks on security forces are possible in Soum province in the near term.

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, remain vigilant at all times (especially in local markets, now used by terrorists as recruitment grounds), and 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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