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27 Dec 2018 | 10:01 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: Ten gendarmes killed in Sourou region on December 26

Burkina Faso News Alert

Gunmen ambush security patrol in Sourou region on December 26; at least ten gendarmes killed

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/27/2018, 12:00 AM until 1/1/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Sourou

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On the evening (local time) of Wednesday, December 26, gunmen ambushed a security patrol in Toéni (Sourou region). According to security officials, at least ten gendarmes were killed in the attack, with three more suffering injuries. A heightened security presence is to be anticipated in the area in the near term. Further such attacks cannot be ruled out.


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).


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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