Nov 09, 2019 13:31 UTC
  • Many killed in attack on mine workers in Burkina Faso: Survivors

Survivors of a deadly ambush on a convoy of mine workers in eastern Burkina Faso, say “so many” people are dead, while regional authorities initially put the death toll at 40.

A convoy of buses came under attack on Wednesday as they were transporting workers of a Canadian mining firm on a road leading to the Boungou mine, in the country's eastern state of Borno.

Regional officials initially put the death toll at about 40, but a man, identified as Abel Kabore, who survived the attack told Reuters that “there were so many dead. It was over 100.”

A security source who works in the sector said that the convoy was likely carrying around 250 people.

Officials identified the bodies of 29 victims on Friday, said public prosecutor Harouna Yoda, but several are still missing.