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01 Jun 2020 | 01:49 AM UTC

Burkina Faso: Militant attack kills ten people in Sanmatenga province (Centre-Nord Region) May 30

Burkina Faso News Alert

Suspected jihadist militants kill at least ten people in Sanmatenga province (Centre-Nord Region) on May 30; further attacks possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/31/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/4/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Dablo (Sanmatenga province), Burkina

Event

On Saturday, May 30, suspected jihadist militants launched an attack against an aid convoy in Sanmatenga province (Centre-Nord Region). According to reports, at least ten people were killed and around 20 people were wounded during the attack which took place near the town of Barsalogho. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of Sunday, May 31.

Further militant attacks targeting security forces are possible in the region over the near term.

Context

Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency for the country's border regions on January 1, 2019, remaining in effect until January 12, 2021.

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).

Advice

Individuals in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments relating 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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