TSX-listed SEMAFO regrets to report that government security forces were attacked on the road between Fada and the Boungou mine site in the Est region of Burkina Faso.
As a result, four gendarmes and the driver of their vehicle lost their lives.
The incident did not affect operations at the Boungou mine, located over 40 km away.
No SEMAFO employees were involved in the incident, but senior management continues its discussions with the government regarding the security of the public road.
SEMAFO remains strongly committed to ensuring the highest levels of safety and security for its employees and operations.
It expresses its sincere sympathy to families of the victims in addition to its firm support of Burkina Faso's security forces.