Geodrill says two employees killed in Burkina Faso attack

Cheryl Sanders
November 8, 2019

Semafo had tightened security past year following attacks that killed three workers and five security officials.

At least 38 people are dead, according to the Burkinabè president, with dozens wounded in Wednesday's attack.

Five buses were being escorted by the military when they were ambushed leading to several fatalities and injuries, the company said. The rest of the convoy was then shot at by "unidentified armed individuals", according to a statement signed by the governor of the eastern region, Col. Saidou Sanou.

The assailants' identity was unclear, but Burkina Faso is struggling to combat surging Islamist violence in the remote eastern and northern scrubland areas. Later previous year, five members of Burkina Faso's security forces were killed in an attack near the Boungou mine.

SMF stock is sinking on Thursday after dozens were killed in an attack on a convoy carrying employees of Canadian gold miner Semafo Inc (TSX:SMF) (OTCPK:SEMFF) in Burkina Faso.

Noting that the attacks were aimed at generating fear among the people and destabilizing the country's democracy, Kabore said the defense and security forces would hunt down the terrorists and all their accomplices.

The Sahel region, including Burkina Faso's neighbours Mali and Niger, has been afflicted by the violence despite the presence of the regional G5 Sahel force as well as French and USA troops.

Wednesday's attack was the worst since groups with links to Islamic State and al Qaeda began targeting the landlocked nation with high-profile attacks in January 2016.

Reports indicate that hundreds of people have been killed so far this year and more than 150,000 have fled their homes due to attacks across the Sahel region.

The Embassy of Canada to Burkina Faso condemned the attack.

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