EOS Alerts 7-1-2019
Burkina Faso: Italian and Canadian Nationals Go Missing in Bobo-Dioulasso
A Canadian and an Italian national are feared to have been kidnapped whislt traveling in Burkina Faso. According to their relatives, both the individuals stopped feed news back on 15 December, when they were located in the southwest town of Bobo-Dioulasso. Further details will likely be released in the coming days.
The security environment in Burkina Faso is fluid and attacks are possible anywhere in the country, including Ouagadougou. ISIS, al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and al-Murabitun terrorist organisations and affiliates have declared their intention to attack foreign targets in North and West Africa. In January 2016, armed assailants attacked civilians at the Splendid Hotel and Cappuccino restaurant in Ouagadougou, killing 30 people, including one US citizen. AQIM and al-Murabitun claimed responsibility for the attack. Violent extremist groups increased their activities in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region in 2016, 2017 and 2018, attacking police stations, customs offices, military posts, and schools in Koutougou, Intangom, Markoye, Tinakoff, Nassoumbou, Kourfayel, and Baraboule. There is a high threat of kidnapping. Avoid all non-essential travel in Burkina Faso.