kaBurkina Faso president Roch Marc Kabore has declared three days of national mourning after at least 38 persons were killed on Wednesday in an attack on a mining company convoy. 60 others were wounded. Canadian gold miner Semafo said five of its buses carrying staff members with a military escort was ambushed on Wednesday on the road to its Boungou mine in the eastern region. Dozens of people were feared still missing.
President Kabore called on all citizens in an address to the nation on television on Thursday to spend the days in reaffirming their faith in the unity, cohesion and peace of the country. President Kabore also announced a plan to recruit volunteers to support the security forces.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Australian mining services provider Perenti Global Ltd said 19 of its employees were among those killed in the ambush.
There has been no claim for the attack. An analyst at control risks group said Wednesday`s attack is the deadliest incident targeting the mining industry, or any private businesses in the Sahel since 2013, causing serious dilemma for miners.
More than a thousand people are reported killed in Burkina Faso since 2016 and nearly half a million more have fled their homes, this year alone.
Cameroon Prison Fire Seriously Injures Inmates
Authorities in Cameroon say a fire tore through an overcrowded maximum security prison- new bell jail in Cameroon’s port city of Douala on Thursday leading to the hospitalization of three prisoners with severe burns. Two firefighters were also injured.
Firefighters and the police were able to contain the blaze and stop it from spreading beyond the jail, which sits in a densely populated neighbourhood of the commercial capital, close to the central market.
Human rights groups say Cameroon’s prisons suffer from chronic overcrowding, poor sanitation conditions and disease, and cases of violence and torture are frequent. New bell prison facility was built in the 1930s for 800 inmates, amnesty international report shows it held around 2,500 as of 2011.
Africa CDC Calls For Greater Effort To Counter Coronavirus
The head of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong has called for a greater effort to counter coronavirus at a time when there is evidence of increasing community spread in countries across the continent.
He said people with flu-like symptoms must be tested and public health measures like social distancing, wearing of masks and hand washing must intensify as cases of the virus multiplied but more slowly in Africa than in Asia or Europe.
Community transmission refers to cases where covid-19 patients had no travel history or known contact with infected people.
All nations on the continent have now reported more than 129,000 confirmed cases of the infection and more than 3,700 deaths from a population of more than one billion.
Nearly two million tests had been carried out across the continent and is aiming to reach 12 million goal.
Libya’s Tripoli Government Says 30 Migrants Killed In Revenge Attack
Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said on Thursday, the family of a Libyan people trafficker has killed 30 migrants in revenge for his death.
The GNA interior ministry said in a statement 26 Bangladeshi and four African migrants were killed in Mizda town. It says 11 injured survivors had been taken to a hospital in Zintan.
Libya has long been a destination for migrants, some who are attempting to reach Europe through the Mediterranean Sea.
Libya spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, Safa Msehli says I.O.M. is following up on the tragedy to get more details and provide assistance to survivors.
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