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21 Jul 2020 | 04:34 AM UTC

Burkina Faso: Unidentified gunmen kill soldiers in attack in Komondjari province July 19

Burkina Faso News Alert

Unidentified militants kill two soldiers and wound five more in attack in Tankoualou (Foutouri department; Komondjari province; Est region) on July 19; further attacks possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/21/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/23/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Komandjari province, East

Event

Armed militants attacked military positions in Tankoualou (Foutouri department; Komondjari province; Est region) on Sunday night (local time), July 19. The attack was reportedly repelled; however, two soldiers were killed and five others wounded in the fighting. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

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 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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