Burkina Faso: 37 Dead in Ambush

At least 37 people have been killed and 60 wounded after a group of gunmen ambushed a convoy of mining employees in Burkina Faso’s eastern region.

The deadly attack took place on Wednesday, 6 November – approximately 40 kilometres from a gold mine in Boungou, Gnagna Province.

The gunmen – suspected to be Islamic militants – targeted a five-bus convoy carrying staff members employed by the Canadian mining firm, Semafo.

Striking a military escort vehicle with an explosive device, the gunmen proceeded to open fire on the convoy.

According to a statement released by Semafo’s management, operations at the gold mine had not been affected by the attack.

Also offering condolences to the families of the victims, they added: “We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers.”

Since 2015, jihadist attacks have increased in Burkina Faso. Last month, 20 people were killed in an attack on a gold-mining site in the country’s northern region.