37 dead in attack of a convoy of a Canadian mining company

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The five buses were carrying personnel, contractors and suppliers related to the mining company, and they were escorted by soldiers.

An ambush on a convoy carrying employees of a Canadian mining company in eastern Burkina Faso left 37 dead and 60 wounded, authorities said on Wednesday. This is the deadliest attack in the country since jihadist violence began almost five years ago.

The attack, conducted in the morning by "unidentified armed individuals", targeted a convoy of five buses carrying workers from a Canadian mining company Semafo, on the road Ouragou-Boungou, in the province of Tapoa.

The five buses were carrying personnel, contractors and suppliers related to the mining company, and they were escorted by soldiers. The attack occurred 40 kilometers from the Boungou gold mine, whose activities were unaffected, the company said.

Under-equipped and poorly trained, the army, the police and the gendarmerie of this poor country of West Africa are unable to stop the jihadist attacks, which intensified in 2019 until becoming almost daily. In total, attacks attributed to jihadist groups, some affiliated with al-Qaeda, others to the Islamic State movement, have killed nearly 700 people since early 2015, according to an AFP count, and about 500,000 internally displaced persons. refugees, according to the UN.

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