On Sunday, October 13, the regional governor for the North region, imposed a night-time curfew in the province of Loroum, to be effective from Monday, October 15, until Thursday, November 14, amid growing insecurity and militant activity in the area. The curfew will run from 18:00 to 06:00 (local time). During this period, restrictions to people's movement will be implemented, and the circulation of four-wheeled vehicles, two-wheelers, tricycles, and bicycles will be strictly forbidden. Ambulance traffic will be subject to a "laissez-passer" or a mission order.
A heightened security presence is expected in the area in the coming weeks. Further attacks are possible.
On Saturday, October 12, unidentified assailants shot and killed four people in Samboulga (Loroum).
Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency for the country's border regions, including Est region, on January 1.
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).
Individuals in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments to the security situation in Burkina Faso and applicable regulations (e.g. state of emergency orders) 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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