Ten people were killed and several injured when their bus hit a roadside bomb in eastern Burkina Faso, the government said on Monday.
The passenger van was traveling near the village of Bougui on Sunday afternoon when it encountered a mine, Col. Hubert Yameogo said in a statement.
The injured were taken to hospital in Fada N’Gourma, the eastern capital, and the rest of the passengers on the bus disappeared, Yameogo said. The government is restoring security to the area and trying to locate the missing passengers.
Violence linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group has rocked the country for more than six years, killing thousands and displacing nearly 2 million people. The government’s inability to contain the attacks led to two coups this year, with each junta leader vowing to make security a priority.
However, the attacks continue and areas are cut off by jihadists. The East and the Sahel are among the hardest-hit parts of the country, with cities under siege by jihadists preventing civilians from moving freely.
Sunday’s attack came a day after another mine blew up east between the villages of Ougarou and Matiacoali, injuring five soldiers, according to an Internal Security for Aid Group report given to The Associated Press. The mine targeted an entity near a mining site, the report said.
A Fada N’Gourma resident who visited people in the hospital on Sunday told the AP some of those seriously injured had died and all were scared.
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