Death Toll On Gold-mine Convoy In Burkina Rises To Four
Ouagadougou, Sept 13 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Sep, 2021 ) :Burkina Faso on Monday raised to four the death toll on a weekend ambush of a convoy of gendarmes escorting fuel tankers to a gold mine owned by Toronto-listed Endeavour Mining.
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.
An earlier report put the death toll at three.
According to a local source, there was a fifth 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.