Burkina Faso: Six killed in mining convoy attack in Est Region


Unidentified armed men killed six gendarmes and wounded seven others in an attack on a convoy of vehicles returning from a gold mine owned by Endeavor Mining in the east of the country, authorities said on Monday.

The convoy of empty fuel trucks the gendarmes were protecting was ambushed at around 13:30 GMT on Sunday on a stretch of road between Sakoani and Matiacoali, Burkina Faso’s gendarmerie said in a statement.

“The ambush began with the detonation of an improvised explosive device as the convoy passed, followed by heavy gunfire,” the gendarmerie said.

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Source: Reuters