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Burkina Faso: Sagittarius lands convoy of mining company and kills 37



  Soldier stands guard at the headquarters of the country's defense forces in the capital, Ouagadougou.

At least 37 people were killed and 60 injured in an attack on a convoy by a Burkina Faso mining company, authorities say.

Five buses carrying personnel of the Canadian company Semafo were ambushed on Wednesday about 40 km (24 miles) from

A military escort vehicle was struck by an explosive device before gunners opened fire.

It is said to be the third deadly for Semafo staff in 1

5 months.

The West African country has been shrouded in an Islamist insurgency that has killed hundreds of people in recent years.

The military is fighting to curb the violence that has crossed the border from neighboring Mali.

Semafo expanded his security last year after attacks near his two mines in the country.

The latest attack occurred on the way between Fada and a mine in Bungu, the company said.

The company stated that its operations were unaffected and expressed condolences to the families of the victims, none of whom were named,

"We are actively working with all levels of government to ensure the continued safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers, "the company said in a statement.

What is happening in Burkina Faso?

Jihadist attacks have increased in Burkina Faso since 2015.

The conflict spread across the border from neighboring Mali, where Islamist fighters conquered the north of the country in 2012 before being pushed out by French troops.

About 500,000 people in Burkina Faso have

Last month, 20 people were killed in an attack on a gold mining site in the north.

Days later, thousands protested in the capital, Ouagadougou, to condemn the violence in their country and the presence of foreign troops in the region.


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