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20 killed in attack on a gold exploration site in northern Burkina Faso

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Twenty people were killed in an overnight attack on a gold exploration site in the village of Dolmani in Arbinda, northern Burkina Faso, security sources said Saturday.

A security source said “armed individuals attacked the site of gold exploration in Dolmani, near Arbinda, in the province of Somme, leaving 20 dead,” mostly miners.

Another security source told AFP the attack, noting also the presence of “a number of wounded”, without giving further details.

For four and a half years, Burkina Faso, in west Africa, has been plagued by a spiral of violence attributed to armed jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda or Islamic State.

The attacks have driven more than 300,000 people from their homes in the north and east and have taken refuge in areas in the south of the country where the jihadist threat is less.

Some 2,000 schools were also closed.

The army of Burkina Faso seems unable to stop these attacks. After reaching the northern regions of the country, it also moved to the east and some parts of the west.

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