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25 Sep 2020 | 04:01 AM UTC

Burkina Faso: IED blast reported in Toeni department (Sourou province) September 24

Burkina Faso News Alert

IED blast kills at least two security personnel in Toeni department (Sourou province, Boucle du Mouhoun region) on September 24; further security incidents possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/26/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Toéni, Boucle de Mouhoun region, Sourou, Boucle du Mouhon region

Event

An improvised explosive device (IED) detonation killed at least two security personnel in Toeni department (Sourou province, Boucle du Mouhoun region) on Thursday, September 24. Reports indicate that security forces were carrying out a patrol along the Tougan-Toeni axis near the village of Dissi. Responsibility for the blast was not immediately claimed.

Similar incidents 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

Those 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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