Six killed in militant attack on mining convoy in Burkina Faso

Six people riding in a convoy from a Burkina Faso gold mine have reportedly been killed in a militant attack.

According to a Reuters report, two others were also wounded while leaving in a convoy of five vehicles from the Boungou gold mine, owned by Canadian-based Endeavour Mining.

The incident occurred 27 August; the convoy was on its way to assist another convoy that had been trapped in mud, the nation’s army told the news service. The attack occurred once it was back on the road after that rescue.

Endeavour has not released a public statement on the incident, and Reuters reported it declined to comment for its report. According to two sources for the report, the individuals who died were not miners, but rather mine suppliers.

In 2010, 39 people were killed in an ambush on buses filled with workers from the Boungou mine. The mine was then owned by Quebec-based Semafo, which was acquired by Endeavour in 2020. 

Source: Reuters (Militants kill six in attack on convoy from Burkina Faso gold mine | Reuters)

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