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37 killed in Burkina Fasos deadliest attack in five years

37 killed in Burkina Fasos deadliest attack in five years”

Quebec-based gold mining company Semafo said five of its buses, with a military escort, came under fire on the road leading to a mine in the eastern part of the country.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday's ambush but the high death toll and targeting of a foreign company's employees suggest that well-armed jihadis carried out the assault. At least 60 other people were wounded in the ambush, according to regional governor Col. Saidou Sanou.

"We are devastated by this unprecedented attack". "We offer our honest condolences to the families and friends of the victims".

"The Boungou mine site remains safe and our operations have not been affected", Semafo said in a statement.

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The company's share price was down more than five per cent in midday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday after closing down about 11 per cent the day before.

The violent attacks by gunmen and bandits have led to a less than assuring situation of safety and security in Burkina Faso, which has been infiltrated by Jihadis who were said to be active in Mali.

Reports indicate that hundreds of people have been killed so far this year and more than 150,000 have fled their homes due to attacks across the Sahel region. The Boungou mine has since been suspended, with all employees being transported to Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou via helicopter. It took place when five buses Escorted by the Burkina Faso military, they traveled to the Boungou mine in Semafo, an open-pit gold mine in the eastern part of the country, some 40 kilometers away. "We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers".

The company added that "there is no reason to believe that our employees or operations are targeted".



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