Deadly attacks on villages in Burkina Faso have forced 150,000 people to flee in just the last three weeks, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said, warning of a displacement emergency in the wider Sahel region.
Five months before an ambush killed 39 colleagues, local workers at a Canadian-owned gold mine in Burkina Faso pleaded with managers to fly them to the site rather than go by a road that was prone to attacks, two people present at the meeting said.
Distraught families urged authorities to let them view the bodies of victims of an ambush near a gold mine in Burkina Faso, as dozens of workers who could have been caught in the attack remained unaccounted for on Friday.
Burkina Faso began investigations into the simultaneous attacks on the French Embassy and army headquarters in the capital by an Al-Qaeda-linked group on Friday. Four French military experts are expected later Sunday in Ouagadougou.
At least seventeen people have been killed and nine others wounded after suspected Takfiri terrorists opened fire on people in a restaurant popular with foreigners in Burkina Faso’s capital, officials said.