Gunmen kill 20 in Burkina Faso

Emergency Digest – About 20 people were reported killed in an attack near a gold mining site in northern Burkina Faso’s Soum province, security sources said.

“Armed individuals attacked the gold mining site at Dolmané … leaving around 20 dead, mainly gold miners,” one security source said.

Another security source confirmed the Friday attack, adding that a number of people had been injured, without giving further details.

Citing local sources, Infowakat reported the took place at around 6 p.m. on Friday and targeted the “Dolmané” gold mining site in the village of Madoudji in Arbinda département.

One of the poorest countries in the world, former French colony Burkina Faso lies in the heart of the sprawling, impoverished Sahel, on the southern rim of the Sahara desert.

The country has been battling an escalating wave of attacks over the last three years, beginning in the North Region near the border with Mali. Attacks have spread to the East Region, near the border with Togo, Benin and Niger, and to a lesser extent, the west of the country.

In September, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that nearly 289,000 people who have been displaced Burkina Faso were living in shelters, and the International Committee of the Red Cross warned about malnutrition and famine, saying that 1.2 million people were facing food insecurity.

Since May, Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area in West Africa Province has been suffering from series of attacks, mostly attributed to Islamic State West Africa, ISWAP and its affiliates that their allegiance to her.

 

-AFP

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