Unidentified gunmen carried out two attacks in the Center-North on Sunday, September 8, killing at least 29 people. A transport truck hit an explosive device between Guendbila and Barsalogho (Sanmatenga province) killing 15 people and injuring six others, while a food convoy was ambushed between Dablo and Kelbo (Sanmatenga province); 14 others were killed in the incident. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Similar attacks in northern Burkina Faso are possible over the coming weeks.
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 Burkina Faso east 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).
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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