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25 Sep 2019 | 08:41 AM UTC

Burkina Faso: Six killed in attacks in Center-North region September 23

Burkina Faso News Alert

Unidentified gunmen carry out three attacks in the Center-North region September 23; at least six killed

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/25/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/27/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Burkina

Event

Unidentified gunmen attacked three villages in the Zimtanga area (Center-North) on Monday, September 23, killing at least six people. Zimtanga is located approximately 125 km (77 mi) from the capital, on the northern road between Ouagadougou and Djibo (Soum province). No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Similar attacks in 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 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).

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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