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06 Nov 2019 | 09:25 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: Unidentified gunmen kill at least 37 in attack on miner convoy in Est region November 6

Burkina Faso News Alert

Unidentified gunmen attack miner convoy in Est region, some 40 km (25 mi) from Boungou, per reports on November 6, leaving at least 37 dead and over 60 wounded; similar attacks possible in Est region over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/6/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/8/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Boungou

Event

Unidentified gunmen attacked a miner convoy in Est region, per reports issued Wednesday, November 6, killing at least 37 people and leaving more than 60 others wounded. The convoy was reportedly attacked some 40 km (25 mi) from Boungou. Further details are still emerging.

Similar attacks are possible in Est region over the near term.

Context

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 especially 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).

Advice

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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