Burkina Faso: gov’t suspends sale of firearms to civilians

Soldiers stand guard in front of the Splendid Hotel after an attack on the hotel and a restaurant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, January 18, 2016. Photo : REUTERS

NEWSROOM (ADV) – In the face of mounting terrorism, the Burkinabè government on Thursday suspended the sale of firearms to civilian populations, in order to effectively fight against lone wolves attacks, said the Burkinabe Minister of Security.

Security Minister Ousseni Compaore said in a statement that “the issuance of authorizations for the purchase of civilian firearms is suspended.”

For M. Compaoré, “this measure is taken in light of the current security context and in order to facilitate appropriate measures to combat the illegal circulation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Burkina Faso”.

Since 2015, Burkina Faso has faced a resurgence of terrorist attacks, which have left more than 300 dead and thousands displaced. The capital Ouagadougou has been hit three times in less than two years.

Since the beginning of the year, the army has increased anti-terrorist operations, particularly in the north and east of the country. 14 out of the 45 provinces in Burkina Faso have been in a state of emergency since the end of December 2018.

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