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28 Oct 2019 | 05:49 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: Unidentified gunmen kill 15 in Soum province October 26-27 /update 1

Burkina Faso News Alert

Unidentified gunmen kill 15 people in Pobé-Mengao (Soum province) October 26-27; similar attacks possible in northern Burkina Faso over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/28/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Pobé-Mengao (Soum province)

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Unidentified gunmen killed at least 15 people in Pobé-Mengao (Soum province) in attacks launched late (local time) on Saturday, October 26, and on Sunday morning, October 27. Security reinforcements were reportedly deployed to the area following the attacks.

Similar attacks are possible in northern Burkina Faso over the near term.


Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency for the country's border regions on January 1.

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, obey local regulations (e.g. state-of-emergency orders), and remain vigilant for criminal and militant activity.

Due to 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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