News Alerts

Burkina Faso News Alert

Burkina Faso: Armed men kidnap priest in Soum province March 17

Armed men kidnap priest in Sergosoma (Soum province) March 17

19 Mar 10:02 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Soum province
Read all related news alert(s):

Event

On Sunday, March 17, unidentified armed men kidnapped a priest near the village of Sergosoma (Soum provice). As of Tuesday, March 18, the identity of the assailants, as well as the whereabouts of the kidnapped priest remain unknown. Further such incidents are likely in the coming days. 

Context

Terrorism has become an increasing security threat in Burkina Faso since 2015. Educational institutions, local government officials, and security forces have been specifically targeted. Initially concentrated in the Sahel region in the north of the country, activity has since spread to other regions. Attacks are most frequently attributed to Ansarul Islam and other groups affiliated with Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, the government declared a state of emergency for the country's border regions, to be in effect for six months.

Advice

Individuals in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments to the security situation and applicable regulations (e.g. state of emergency orders) and remain vigilant of criminal and militant activity. Due to severe risk of terrorism and kidnapping, individuals present in Burkina Faso - including the capital Ouagadougou - are strongly advised to use discretion regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and places frequented by Westerners, and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news