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Burkina Faso: Three civilians killed in attack near Ivoirian border March 30

Militants kill three civilians while attacking a public transportation vehicle in Yendéré March 30; heightened security measures to be expected

01 Apr 11:37 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/1/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/3/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Cascade region

Event

Unidentified gunmen attacked a public transportation vehicle in Yendéré (Cascades region; west), located 20 km (12 mi) from the border with Côte d'Ivoire, at approximately 02:00 (local time) on Saturday, March 30. Three civilians were killed, and two others were injured in the attack. Two assailants were also killed by the security forces who repelled the attack. Further such attacks are possible in the near term.

Context

Terrorism has become an increasingly severe security threat in Burkina Faso since 2015, with educational institutions, local government officials, and security forces being specifically targeted. While initially concentrated in the Sahel region, attacks have spread to other regions, including eastern Burkina Faso (Est region) which is also known for its 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, particularly those in the Cascades region, are advised to monitor developments to the security situation in the west of the country 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 maintain discretion 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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