20 dead in Burkina Faso gold mine attack
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.