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10 Mar 2020 | 05:01 AM UTC

Burkina Faso: Curfew extended in Sahel region March 4 – April 17 /update 4

Governor of Sahel region extends overnight curfew from March 4 to April 17; heightened security presence expected

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Event

On Tuesday, March 3, the governor of the Sahel region issued a decree extending overnight curfews for 45 days until Friday, April 17. Under the extension, curfew hours in the region are from 18:00 until 06:00 (local time) except in certain cities and towns. In Séno province, restrictions are in place from 23:00 to 04:30 in Bani, Dori, and Seytenga, and from 22:00 to 05:00 in Gorgadji, Sampelga and Falagountou. Curfew hours in Soum province for Djibo are from 19:00 to 05:30. In Gorom-Gorom (Oudalan province) the curfew runs from 21:00 to 05:30. In Yagha province, the curfew is in place from 20:00 to 05:30 in Boundoré, Mansila, Sabbat, Solvant, Tankougounadié, and Titabé.

During this period, restrictions to people's movement will be implemented, and the circulation of four-wheeled vehicles, two-wheelers, tricycles, and bicycles will be strictly forbidden. Ambulance traffic will be subject to a "laissez-passer," or a mission order.

A heightened security presence is expected in the Sahel region in the coming weeks. Attacks conducted by militant are possible in the area. Further extensions to the curfew cannot be ruled out. 

Context

Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency for the country's border regions on January 1, 2019.

Terrorism has become an increasingly severe security threat in Burkina Faso since 2015. Educational institutions, local government officials, and security forces are especially targeted. Initially concentrated in the Sahel region, attacks have spread to other regions. Attacks are usually attributed to Ansarul Islam, the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), as well as the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS).

Advice

Individuals in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments to the security situation, obey local regulations (e.g. curfews, 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.