As of the evening (local time) of Monday, January 14, police are investigating a blast which was reported on Monday morning in the 9th arrondissement of Ouagadougou. The blast, which occurred in the Silmiyiri neighborhood of Ouagadougou, left at least one person dead and several more injured. According to preliminary reports, the explosion was caused by the detonation of explosive material used in mining operations. Disruptions are anticipated in the area as recovery efforts continue.
In 2014, a similar explosion was reported at in the Larlé neighborhood of Ouagadougou. According to investigators, the blast, which destroyed several buildings, was caused by the detonation of explosive material in a building used to stockpile explosives used in gold mining operations.
Individuals in Ouagadougou are advised to adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate transportation disruptions in the affected area, and monitor developments to the situation.
On a separate note, 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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