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01 Dec 2018 | 11:26 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: At least five killed in IED blast in east Nov. 30

Burkina Faso News Alert

Improvised explosive device kills four police officers, one civilian in Boungou area (eastern Burkina Faso) on November 30

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/30/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/1/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Boungou

Event

Four police officers and one civilian were killed in eastern Burkina Faso when an improvised explosive device (IED) left on the road by suspected jihadist militants detonated on Friday, November 30. The blast reportedly occurred as the police were escorting goldmine workers in Boungou.

In addition, unconfirmed sources indicate that a separate explosion on Friday evening occurred in Baraboulé located in northern Burkina Faso, leading to several casualties.

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.

On November 22, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs (MAE) updated its Burkina Faso travel advisory. It now advises its citizens to strictly avoid areas in the east of the country along the border with Niger, the provinces of Yagha, Komondjari, Kompienga, and Tapoa (including the W National Park), the eastern part of Gourma province, and the southeast (along the border with Benin, including on the road between Fada Ngourma and Pama), due to the presence of terrorist groups.

Advice

Due to the severe 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, and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.

 

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