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06 Mar 2019 | 07:52 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: Curfew imposed in Est region as of March 7

Burkina Faso News Alert

Curfew imposed in Est region between 19:00 to 06:00 (local time) as of March 7 through April 20

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/6/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/20/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION East

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Event

The regional governor has imposed a nighttime curfew in the Est region beginning on Thursday, March 7, amid growing insecurity and militant activity in the area. The curfew, which runs from 19:00 to 06:00 (local time), will remain in place through Saturday, April 20. Continued clashes between security forces and militants as well as a heightened security presence are expected in the region in the coming weeks.

Context

Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency for the country's border regions, including Est region, on January 1.

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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