The Burkinabe parliament approved a six-month extension to the state of emergency on Thursday, July 11. The extension has taken effect on Saturday, July 13, and will remain in place until January 12, 2020. The existing state of emergency is in effect for areas of the country's border regions, including:
- Boucle du Mouhoun region: Kossi and Sourou provinces
- Centre-Est region: Koulpélogo province
- Est region: Gnagna, Gourma, Komandjari, Kompienga, and Tapoa provinces
- Hauts-Bassins region: Kénédougou province
- Nord region: Lorum province
- Sahel region: Oudalan, Séno, Soum, and Yagha provinces
The order restricts freedom of movement, allows for curfews and the confiscation of weapons, authorizes the search of personal property at any time, and limits publications or statements in support of extremism.
The state of emergency was initially implemented on January 1 following an attack on security forces in Toéni, killing ten gendarmes. Attacks have continued since then in the border areas.
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).
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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