In recent years, Burkina Faso has experienced the deadliest attack as the military struggles to contain Islamist violence happening in some parts of Burkina Faso. 37 civilians were killed and more than 60 wounded when gunmen ambushed a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold miner Semafo in eastern Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso convoy attacked
On Wednesday, regional authorities said the attack is the most lethal in recent years as the military were fighting to control Islamist violence that has plagued some parts of Burkina Faso, in West Africa. The security was tight last year following armed incidents near two of its mines in the country. Semafo also said in a statement earlier that the attack on a convoy of five buses with military escort occurred on the road to its Boungou mine in the eastern region of about 40 kilometres from Boungou, and there several people lost their lives and more were injured.
A more detailed account was giving later by the Est governor’s office who said that an “unidentified armed men laid an ambush for a convoy transporting Semafo workers,” which as a result 37 lives were lost and over 60 people were injured.
It is worth mentioning that there were also some security forces who also could have been killed there also in the attack. According there are still a great number of people who have not been accounted for hence more death. Sources also say that the military vehicle that was leading the convoy when the attack occur was hit by an IED on a section of road that has no network connection.
Immediately after the explosion, some unidentified gunmen started shooting, and surprisingly, they were all targeting the convoy and the Military escort.
However, it is worth mentioning that it is not the first time that same road is experiencing an attack as in December it was also reported that a police vehicle was also ambushed, and this led to the death of five people.
Burkina Faso has suffered a homegrown uprising for the past three years, which has been amplified by a spillover of jihadist violence and criminality from its chaotic northern neighbour Mali.
As a result of this incident, which Semafo said were the work of “armed bandits”, the company has reinforced its escorts and will now be transporting all its expatriate employees by helicopter.