TSX-listed gold miner Semafo reported on Monday that five people were killed when government security forces were attacked on the road between Fada and the Boungou mine site in the east region of Burkina Faso.
The incident did not affect operations or staff at the mine; however, senior management of the company continue discussions with the government to increase safety on the public road.
In August, Semafo reported that five gendarmes and one subcontractor employee had lost their lives in an armed incident that occurred between the town of Fada and the Boungou mine site.
At the time, the miner said it would increase its security measures as a precaution and continue to monitor the situation.
Additionally, a bus transporting employees from the town of Bobo-Dioulasso to the Mana mine, in Burkina Faso, had been shot by armed bandits on the morning of August 17.
One Semafo national employee and one subcontractor lost their lives in the exchange of fire between police officers and the bandits.
The company confirmed that the two incidents in August were unrelated.