10 people on a bus killed by a roadside bomb in Burkina Faso

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 minibus was traveling near the village of Bougui on Sunday afternoon when it hit a mine, Col. Hubert Yameogo said in a statement.

The injured were taken to hospital in Fada N’Gourma, the main eastern city, and the rest of the bus passengers were missing, Yameogo said. The government is restoring security in the area and trying to locate the missing passengers.

Violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group has gripped the country for more than six years, killing thousands and displacing nearly 2 million people. The government’s inability to curb the attacks led to two coups this year and each junta leader vowed to make security a priority.

However, attacks continue and jihadists are carving out swathes of land. The eastern and Sahel regions have been some of the hardest-hit areas of the country, with towns besieged by jihadists preventing civilians from moving freely.

Sunday’s attack came a day after another mine exploded in the east, between the villages of Ougarou and Matiacoali, wounding five soldiers, according to an internal security report for aid groups seen by The Associated Press. The mine targeted a unit near a mining site, according to the report.

A resident of Fada N’Gourma who visited people in hospital on Sunday told the AP that some of the seriously injured had died and that everyone was terrified.

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