Death Toll On Gold-mine Convoy In Burkina Rises To Six
Faizan Hashmi 11 days ago Tue 14th September 2021 | 12:00 AM
Ouagadougou, Sept 13 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Sep, 2021 ) :Burkina Faso on Monday raised to six the death toll from a weekend ambush of a convoy of gendarmes escorting fuel tankers to a gold mine owned by Toronto-listed Endeavour Mining.
A number of officers had also been missing, but on Monday evening, two of those had been found dead, the gendarmerie said. Seven people were wounded, and two remained missing after what the regional government in eastern Burkina Faso said was an attack by suspected jihadists.
The poor West African nation -- which received $1 million in taxes from Endeavour in the first three months of this year -- has been plagued by deadly jihadist attacks since 2015, often targeting gold mine workers.
According to a local source, there was a seventh victim, "a civilian, probably a member of the Volunteers for the Defence of the Homeland", civilian auxiliaries fighting alongside the army.
Such attacks, attributed to jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda, have killed more than 1,500 people and forced more than 1.3 million to flee their homes.