8 killed in gang attack on Burkina Faso gold miners

3 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

OUAGADOUGOU: Eight people, including a teenage schoolboy, were killed during an armed robbery on an informal gold mine in southwestern Burkina Faso, security and judicial sources say.

Robbers on Sunday evening attacked the site at Djikando, about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the town of Gaoua, a police officer told AFP late Monday.

“The gang opened fire—first they shot in the air and then aimed at the miners,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Clashes erupted after the hold-up when local people set fire to the miners’ installations, blaming them for causing deaths.

“In all, eight people were killed, including a schoolboy of 15,” he said.

The director of medico-technical services at the Gaoua central hospital, Dr Florent Roch Banazaro, said 29 people were being treated for injuries, “mostly caused by firearms and machetes.”