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09 juin 2020 | 19h50 UTC

Burkina Faso: Gunmen kill one soldier in Kelbo (Soum province) June 9 /update 1

Burkina Faso Alerte de sécurité

Unidentified gunmen leave one soldier dead in Kelbo (Soum province) June 9; further attacks possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/6/2020, 12h00 until 12/6/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Burkina Faso, Soum province

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Event

Unidentified armed men, suspected to be jihadist militants, attacked a military detachment in Kelbo (Soum province) in the early hours (local time) of Tuesday, June 9. One Burkinabe soldier was reportedly killed in the assault, along with seven attackers. Further attacks remain possible over the near term.

Further attacks remain possible 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

Individuals in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments relating to the security situation, adhere to 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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