American diplomatic sources indicate gunfire has been reported at the Camp Guillaume Ouedraogo in Ouagadougou as of the early morning hours (local time) on Friday, August 23. Further details are still emerging; avoid the area. A heightened security presence is to be expected near the military camp and in the capital over the coming hours and days.
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 typically attributed to Ansarul Islam and other groups affiliated with Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
At least 24 soldiers were killed in a militant attack on a military base in Koutougou (Soum province) on August 19. The incident is believed to be the deadliest recorded attack against government forces.
Individuals in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments to the security situation and remain vigilant for criminal and militant activity.
Due to the 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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