37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2019

Semafo had tightened security past year following attacks that killed three workers and five security officials.

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

Col. Saidou Sanou, the region's governor, gave the provisional toll in a statement, while the mining company only said that it was aware of "several fatalities and injuries".

Two security sources told Reuters that dozens may still be unaccounted for. It took place when five buses Escorted by the Burkina Faso military, they traveled to the Boungou mine in Semafo, an open-pit gold mine in the eastern part of the country, some 40 kilometers away.

At least 37 people have been killed and 60 wounded in an attack on a mining company convoy in Burkina Faso, authorities say.

The Burkina Faso government this year asked mining companies to make their own arrangements to transport their employees, according to sources close to the miners.

Guterres reiterated the full support of the United Nations to the government of Burkina Faso in its continuing efforts to ensure peace and stability in the country.

Nearly 500,000 people have also been forced to flee their homes.

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.

Boungou mine, Burkina Faso.

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore also called for volunteers "to defend the homeland in the areas under threat" following what is believed to be the deadliest attack in Burkina Faso since Islamic extremists became active in the country in 2015. Then in August 2017, 18 people were killed in an attack on a Turkish restaurant in the capital.

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