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05 Feb 2019 | 05:55 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: At least 14 people killed in attack in Yatenga Feb. 3-4

Burkina Faso News Alert

Suspected jihadist militants attack village in Yatenga (Nord region) overnight Feb. 3-4; at least 14 people killed

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/9/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Yatenga

Event

Suspected jihadist militants attacked a village in Kaïn department (Yatenga province, Nord region) in a nighttime (local time) raid between Sunday, February 3, and Monday, February 4. According to security officials, at least 14 people were killed in the attack with several more suffering injuries. Further attacks are possible in Yatenga province in the coming days.

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).

Advice

Individuals in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments to the security situation in northern Burkina Faso and applicable regulations (e.g. state of emergency orders) and remain vigilant for criminal and militant activity.

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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