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SEMAFCO Announcs 39 Fatalities in Boungou Mine Attack in Burkina Faso

Mining News - Published on Wed, 13 Nov 2019

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SEMAFO Inc has reportd that over the weekend it began transportation of people by helicopter from the Boungou Mine site. Mr Benoit Desormeaux, President and CEO of SEMAFO, said "Many of the people on-site need to be home with their families and to recover from last week's incident. Myself and most of our senior management team are in-country ensuring all those affected are getting the support they require. Our priority continues to be their safety, security and well being. A total of 241 of employees, contractors and suppliers were involved in the attack. Our current estimates have 39 fatalities, 60 injuries, 141 accounted for and one remains unaccounted for.”

It addd “In addition to the impact on people, the unprecedent scale and nature of the attack has made basic administration and logistics very difficult. It will take some time to evaluate the new operating environment and to assess how we will be able to operate in a safe and secure manner in Burkina Faso. Until such time the Boungou Mine operations will continue to be suspended.”

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Wed, 13 Nov 2019
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