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30 Mar 2020 | 10:50 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: Military patrol attacked in Boucle du Mouhoun region March 29

Improvised explosive device (IED) detonates near military patrol in Gomboro (Boucle du Mouhoun region) on March 29, killing at least three soldiers

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Event

A gendarmerie patrol was targeted by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Gomboro (Boucle du Mouhoun region) on Sunday, March 29. At least three soldiers were killed and three others were wounded in the blast. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Further militant attacks targeting security forces in the region are possible over the near term.

Context

Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency for the country's border regions on January 1, 2019, remaining in effect until January 12, 2021.

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.