News Alerts

10 Aug 2020 | 08:07 AM UTC

Burkina Faso: US embassy warns of criminal activity in Ouagadougou’s Bangr Weogo Park August 9

Burkina Faso News Alert

US embassy issues warning regarding criminal activity in Ouagadougou’s Bangr Weogo Park on August 9; exercise increased vigilance in the area

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/10/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Ouagadougou

Event

The US embassy in Ouagadougou issued a security message on Sunday, August 9, warning of increased criminal activity in the city's Bangr Weogo Park. At least two armed robberies have been reported in the park since Friday, with the latest incidents occurring in daylight.

Further criminal activity is likely in the Bangr Weogo Park in the near term, with a realistic possibility of increased police operations in the area.

Context

Criminal activity poses a significant risk to travelers in Ouagadougou, driven by widespread poverty and limited law enforcement capabilities in the capital. The main threat to foreign nationals comes from opportunistic crime such as pickpocketing, bag-snatching, and the theft of unattended items. However, many criminals carry knives and may be quick to resort to violence, particularly if victims attempt to resist robbery attempts. Incidents of bag-snatchings and muggings have been reported in the areas around the UN Circle, the central market, and on Avenue Kwame Nkrumah. In particular, foreign nationals have frequently been targeted in the Zone du Bois area of the city, although any areas frequented by foreign nationals are considered vulnerable to criminal activity.

Advice

Those in Ouagadougou are advised to exercise increased vigilance in the Bangr Weogo Park area, minimize pedestrian movement at night, and report any suspicious activity to security forces. Monitor local media sources to remain apprised of security-related developments and adhere to any directives issued by local authorities.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news