Burkina Faso – One person was reportedly captured on Tuesday, one day after an explosion in Burkina Faso killed at least 63 people. An investigation into the cause of an explosion has been launched.
The blast in Burkina Faso’s south-western region left nothing but damage; the victims had no opportunity to escape. On Tuesday, the province’s High Commissioner paid a visit to a former artisanal gold-mining location. A dynamite stockpile explosion there on Monday killed at least 59 people: “The dead were dispersed when we arrived.” The 22 Commando Infantry Regiment officers who came as security reinforcements had to block off the area. Then, we called in volunteers to help us move the bodies and put them on one side so that the victims could be ID’d.
The injured were sent to the Gaoua Regional Hospital Complex, which is a few kilometers away. Some people are still queuing as medical personnel race against the clock to save some of the patients who have life-threatening injuries. Gaoua hospital’s general manager, Dr. Françis Albert, explains: “Teams are putting in a lot of effort to get a true picture of the situation.” Some of the injured have begun to be transported to the operation room, and those who are capable of withstanding it have been stabilized first. “
The explosion occurred in a gold market where explosives were kept. Despite a ban on illegal gold mining, gold prospectors continue to flock to informal mines. According to reports, one person has been arrested, and an investigation has been launched to find out what caused the blast.