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19 Aug 2019 | 05:48 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: Unidentified gunmen attack military outpost in Soum province August 19

Burkina Faso News Alert

Unidentified gunmen attack military outpost, killing several soldiers in Soum province August 19; similar attacks possible over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Soum province

Event

Unidentified gunmen reportedly attacked a military outpost in Koutougou (Soum province) on Monday, August 19. Unconfirmed reports claim the gunmen killed at least 20 soldiers and seized vehicles and equipment. At least a dozen other soldiers have been reported missing in action. Further details are still emerging. 

Similar attacks in northern Burkina Faso are possible over the coming weeks.

Context

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).

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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