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14 juin 2020 | 17h06 UTC

Burkina Faso: Attack on police station reported in Boucle du Mouhoun region June 14

Burkina Faso Alerte de sécurité

Unknown assailants target police station in Di (Boucle du Mouhoun region) on June 14 killing at least one police officer; further militant attacks targeting security forces possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 14/6/2020, 12h00 until 16/6/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Ouagadougou). COUNTRY/REGION Boucle du Mouhon region, Sourou, Di (Sourou province)

Event

A border police station was targeted in an attack by unknown assailants in the town of Di, located in Sourou province (Boucle du Mouhoun region), on Sunday, June 14. At least one police officer was killed in the attack and several vehicles were set ablaze. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Further militant attacks targeting security forces 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

Individuals 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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