20 dead in Burk­ina Faso gold mine at­tack

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OUAGADOUGO­U (AFP) — Around 20 peo­ple were killed in an at­tack on a gold min­ing site in north­ern Burk­ina Faso, se­cu­rity sources said Satur­day, the lat­est in a spate of vi­o­lence gen­er­ally blamed on a ji­hadist in­sur­gency.

The at­tack on Fri­day took place in Soum province not far from where al­leged ji­hadists blew up a bridge link­ing two north­ern towns in mid-Septem­ber

“Armed in­di­vid­u­als at­tacked the gold min­ing site at Dol­mane … leav­ing around 20 dead, mainly gold min­ers,” one se­cu­rity source said.

An­other se­cu­rity source con­firmed the at­tack, adding that a num­ber of peo­ple had been in­jured, with­out giv­ing fur­ther de­tails.

The West African na­tion has be­come part of a four-and-a-half year ji­hadist in­sur­gency in the Sa­hel re­gion.

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