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An explosion on Tuesday 16 August at the University of Ouahigouya in the north of the country injured one person. An improvised explosive device destroyed a vehicle. A situation that causes concern among the population. The University of Ouahigouya was established in December 2017 and is located about ten kilometers from Ouahigouya on National Road Number 2 (RN2). Armed terrorist groups increasingly abound around the capital of the northern region. Localities such as Ka-in, Thiou, Koumbri or Barga are under the yoke of these armed groups.

as reported from Ouagadougou, Yaya Boudani

A fire, the origin of which is currently unknown, preceded the explosion. According to local sources, the fire consumed the reprography room where the students’ control documents were kept. An investigation has been launched to clarify the causes of the fire.

According to several sources, quoting a witness, it was the day before – Monday – around 21:00 that people burst into the university, broke open doors and ransacked some offices. Some time after their departure, the fire would have started, our sources say.

On Tuesday afternoon, around 3:00 p.m., after the fire was brought under control and the reports of use cordoned off by the police, a vehicle detonated an improvised explosive device in the courtyard of the university. “It was during the attempt to move the secretary-general’s vehicle that it exploded,” explains a source on the scene. The seriously injured driver was taken to the regional hospital for treatment.

On the same night from Monday to Tuesday, offices at the town hall in Goula, located about fifteen kilometers from Ouahigouya, and the ambulance in that town were also set on fire by other gunmen.

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