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Nearly 20 people are killed in the latest violence in Burkina Faso

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — About 20 people were killed in an attack by suspected jihadists on a gold mining site in northern Burkina Faso on Friday, two sources said.

A security source said on Sunday on condition of anonymity that gunmen came to the site in the province of Somme and opened fire on the workers there, killing 20 people.

Some 20 people were killed in the attack, a local source said, without giving details.

Burkina Faso authorities have yet to comment on the incident.

Burkina Faso has once been an oasis of relative calm in the Sahel, but has suffered from an internal insurgency over the past three years, exacerbated by the spread of violence by militants and criminals from neighboring Mali.

Friday’s attack is part of a recent spate of violence that has killed at least 29 people in two attacks on a food convoy and truck in early September.

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