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06 oct. 2019 | 17h02 UTC

Burkina Faso: Unidentified gunmen kill at least 20 in Soum province October 4

Burkina Faso Alerte de sécurité

Unidentified gunmen kill at least 20 in Soum province October 4; similar attacks possible over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/10/2019, 12h00 until 7/10/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Soum province

Event

Unidentified gunmen killed at least 20 people in an attack on a gold mining site in Soum province on Friday, October 4. As of Sunday, October 6, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Similar attacks are possible in the area over the coming weeks.

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 Burkina Faso east 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).

Advice

Individuals in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments to the security situation in the north of the country 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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