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29 Apr 2019 | 04:23 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: Unidentified gunmen kill six at church in Soum province April 28

Burkina Faso News Alert

Unidentified gunmen kill six people in attack on church in Soum province April 28; similar attacks possible over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/29/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/6/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Silgadji (Soum province)

Event

Unidentified gunmen killed at least six people in an attack on a Protestant church in Silgadji (Soum province) on Sunday, April 28. Similar attacks are possible in Soum province over the coming weeks.

Context

The attack was the first to target a church in Burkina Faso since a trend of increasingly frequent Islamist extremist attacks began in the country in 2016.

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 typically attributed to Ansarul Islam and other groups affiliated with Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

On January 11, Burkina Faso's parliament extended a state of emergency effective in Est and Sahel regions, the western provinces of Kossi and Sourou, the central-eastern province of Koulpélogo, the western province of Kénédougou, and northern province of Lorum by six months.

Advice

Individuals in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments to the security situation in the north 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 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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