SMF Stock Drops Following Attack on Convoy in Burkina Faso

Nellie Chapman
November 8, 2019

Wednesday's attack happened in eastern Burkina Faso, about 25 miles (40 km) from the Boungou mine, which is owned Canada's Semafo company.

An ambush on a convoy transporting employees of a Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso killed 37 people on Wednesday, the deadliest attack in almost five years of jihadist violence in the West African country.

The country's president lamented the attack in a televised address.

"The convoy, escorted by military personnel, comprised five buses transporting SEMAFO national employees, contractors and suppliers", the company said in its statement.

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso called for three days of mourning following news of an attack on a convoy of mining employees working for Canadian firm SEMAFO, one that has shocked both nations.

Dozens of people were feared still missing on Thursday.

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"He told me that the bullet hit his leg and he fell to the floor". The rest of the convoy was then shot by "unidentified armed individuals", according to local authorities. But the company has said that under new safety guidelines, Burkinabe employees travel to and from the mine with a military escort by road while global staff are flown by helicopter.

The company tightened security past year following attacks that killed three workers and five security officials.

Sylvain Leclerc, spokeswoman for the Canadian foreign ministry, said there were no reports of any Canadian citizen among the casualties.

The violent attacks by gunmen and bandits have led to a less than assuring situation of safety and security in Burkina Faso, which has been infiltrated by Jihadis who were said to be active in Mali.

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. At least 30 people were killed after the militants targeted a cafe popular with foreigners.

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