Security concerns continue to plague development at Semafo’s Boungou mine in the Est region of Burkina Faso in West Africa.
In a third major incident since the onset of development at Canadian gold mining company Semafo’s Boungou mine, the company reports that five people were killed in an ambush as government security forces were attacked on the road between the town of Fada n’ Gourma and the Boungou site.
The identity of the attackers remains unknown but the Burkina Faso government has described it as a ‘terrorist attack’.
Although Semafo emphasises that company employees were not involved, the public road leading from the mine to Fada n’ Gourma has become a major security hazard for mine workers. Boungou is about 320km south east of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
According to a statement by Semafo, the incident did not affect operations at Boungou, which is 40km from where the attack happened. Even though company employees were not involved, they reiterate that company representatives and senior management are in continuous discussions with the government regarding the security of the public road.
‘We remain strongly committed to ensuring the highest levels of safety and security for our employees and operations,’ says the statement.