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Burkina Faso: 47 people killed in an attack on a Canadian Mining Company Convoy

The incident happened approximately 40 kilometers from the Boungou Mine. The convoy, escorted by military personnel, comprised five buses transporting SEMAFO national employees, contractors and suppliers.A gold mine near Ouagadougou the capital of Burkina FasoFourty-seven civilians were killed with more than 60 people wounded when gunmen ambushed a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold miner SEMAFO in eastern Burkina Faso on Wednesday, regional authorities said.

The Boungou mine site remains secure and our operations are not affected. We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the on-going safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers SEMAFO noted in a press release.

Time reported that Sylvain Leclerc,  Canadian foreign ministry spokeswoman, said there were no reports of any Canadian citizen among the casualties. She added that Canada’s government condemns the attack and supports efforts to bring peace to Burkina Faso.

 

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