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12 Apr 2020 | 07:57 PM UTC

Burkina Faso: Militants ambush security forces in Djibo (Soum province) April 11

Multiple dead after suspected militants ambush security forces in Djibo (Soum province) on April 11; further attacks possible in the near term

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Event

On Saturday, April 11, six militants and one soldier were reportedly killed following an ambush on security forces conducting a patrol in Djibo (Soum province). The attack took place at approximately 10:00 (local time) and comes 24 hours after a similar militant attack on security forces in Sollé (Loroum province).

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

Context

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.