37 killed in Burkina Faso's deadliest attack in five years

People wounded in an ambush on a Canadian-owned mine were taken to hospital for treatment

People wounded in an ambush on a Canadian-owned mine were taken to hospital for treatment

The gunmen attacked a convoy of five buses carrying mine employees that was accompanied by a military escort.

Semafo confirmed on Thursday that operations at the Boungou mine have been suspended following Wednesday's attack on the public road between Fada and the Boungou Mine site in the Eastern region of Burkina Faso that left 37 dead and 60 wounded.

It was unclear exactly how many people were in the convoy, what their nationalities were or how many were missing.

There is no danger to the mine itself at the moment, the company has said meanwhile. At least 60 other people were wounded in the ambush, according to regional governor Col. Saidou Sanou.

The company blamed "armed bandits" for last year's attacks, and subsequently reinforced its armed escorts.

Increased bloodshed has forced hundreds-of-thousands of people to flee their homes, igniting a fast-growing humanitarian crisis.

Once a pocket of relative calm in the Sahel region, Burkina has suffered a homegrown insurgency for the past three years, amplified by a spillover of jihadist violence and criminality from its chaotic northern neighbour Mali.

Although the country witnessed its first extremist attack in the year 2015 and is a link south into the coastal part of West Africa.

But the company has said that under new safety guidelines, Burkinabe employees travel to and from the mine with a military escort by road while worldwide staff are flown by helicopter.

The attacks have been claimed by a range of jihadist groups, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

A representative of the Canadian foreign ministry, Sylvain Leclerc, stated that there were no reports of Canadian casualties and added that Canada condemns the attack and is in support of ensuring peace and safety in Burkina Faso.

Notícias recomendadas

  • Bengals' A.J. Green has setback, out indefinitely

    Bengals' A.J. Green has setback, out indefinitely

    This seems to be a somewhat clear indication that Green's ankle injury is not recovering at the pace Cincinnati had hoped. Green's 2019 debut is going to be delayed at least one more week, and in the worst scenario, it might not ever happen.
    Tons of people received texts from February ... last night

    Tons of people received texts from February ... last night

    T-Mobile and Sprint both said the issue has been fixed, so you shouldn't have to worry about more of these mystery texts. Text messages received overnight on Wednesday caused confusion, misunderstandings and even alarm for some recipients.
    England squad: Callum Hudson-Odoi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recalled

    England squad: Callum Hudson-Odoi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recalled

    Frank Lampard's opportunity to use Chelsea's academy products due to their transfer ban appears to be benefiting the Three Lions. For example, the recent debutant Tyrone Mings is granted number 1244 and captain Harry Kane's legacy number is 1207.
  • Amazon's Echo Buds may soon be able to track workouts

    Amazon's Echo Buds may soon be able to track workouts

    It's not clear how well the Echo Buds would fill in as a wellness Global Positioning System beacon. But as it turns out, the Echo Buds might turn out to be a little different from the rest.
    Mason Greenwood named Man of the Match after goal v Partizan

    Mason Greenwood named Man of the Match after goal v Partizan

    Manchester United face Partizan Belgrade on Thursday night, November 7 at Old Trafford. We could have had loads more tonight, but it was a pleasing performance.
    Launches at United States dollars  4.99 per month, free with Apple Music student plan

    Launches at United States dollars 4.99 per month, free with Apple Music student plan

    Those who subscribe to an Apple Music student plan will also get free access to Apple TV+ for a limited time . The Apple TV+ on-demand streaming service was set to debut in more than 100 countries at $4.99 per month.
  • What other Senate candidates said about Sessions joining race

    What other Senate candidates said about Sessions joining race

    Kent also said that Fiona Hill, Trump's former top adviser on Russian Federation , revealed that she was concerned about U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland's ability to tell the truth about what he talked about with the president.
    Drake signs up for Toronto marijuana venture

    Drake signs up for Toronto marijuana venture

    Drake rapped about starting from the bottom, but his new venture in the cannabis industry is certainly a higher business. The trademark was filed on October 21 and the applicant is listed as Dream Crew IP in West Hollywood, Calif.
    The Invisible Man (2020) Official Trailer - HD

    The Invisible Man (2020) Official Trailer - HD

    Jason Blum, our current-day master of the horror genre , produces The Invisible Man for his Blumhouse Productions. We only just learned how all too grimly real Leigh Whannell's take on The Invisible Man was going to be.
  • Police identify person of interest, issue warrant for arrest

    Police identify person of interest, issue warrant for arrest

    She was reported missing the next day and her vehicle was later found abandoned over 50 miles (90 kilometers) away in Montgomery. Texas EquuSearch, a nonprofit search and rescue group, has also joined the effort to locate the teen, AL.com reports.
    Trump denies asking attorney general to clear him on Ukraine

    Trump denies asking attorney general to clear him on Ukraine

    CBS News has learned the White House is bringing in reinforcements to help fight the House impeachment inquiry PR battle. Kent, along with William Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - will testify publicly on November 13.
    Billie Eilish has a mullet now and she highkey pulls it off

    Billie Eilish has a mullet now and she highkey pulls it off

    The "Bury A Friend" singer attracted attention for her edgy new 'do at the LACMA Art + Film Gala on November 2. And so, when Billie debuted a mullet on the red carpet for the LACMA Art + Film Gala, it was not deliberate.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.