Dozens killed in attack on Canadian mine workers in Burkina Faso

Semafo suspends Boungou mine after attack leaves 37 dead, 60 wounded

But in a presentation of securities this week in Canada, the Montreal-based company, Semafo, characterized two attacks against its workers in Burkina Faso past year "as part of an increase in similar incidents carried out by bandits or terrorists".

Gunmen attacked a convoy near a Canadian mining site in Burkina Faso, killing at least 37 people and wounding 60 others, the regional governor said late Wednesday.

Mine owner Semafo Inc. said the five buses escorted by the military were approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Boungou gold mine in the Tapoa province when they were ambushed.

"Two buses carrying workers were then fired upon", the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"The Boungou mine site remains safe and our operations have not been affected", Semafo said in a statement. The mining company based in Montreal said it happened along a road between Fada and the Boungou Mine, a gold-mining operation in the eastern part of the country.

Semafo had tightened security past year following attacks that killed three workers and five security officials.

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Once a pocket of relative calm in the Sahel region, Burkina has suffered a homegrown insurgency for the past three years, amplified by a spillover of jihadist violence and criminality from its chaotic northern neighbour Mali.

Dozens of people were feared still missing on Thursday.

The attacks - typically hit-and-run raids on villages, road mines and suicide bombings - have claimed almost 700 lives across the country since early 2015, according to an AFP toll.

Wednesday's attack is the worst since jihadist groups with links to Islamic State and al Qaeda began targeting the landlocked nation with high profile attacks in January 2016.

Last year, African forces took part in a USA -led counter-terrorism training program in Burkina Faso as part of an annual military exercise for West African nations.

The Embassy of Canada to Burkina Faso condemned the attack.

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