Starling Safety has downgraded the terrorism score for Burkina Faso following a deadly attack in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Several people are reported to have been killed by gunmen who attacked a Turkish restaurant on Avenue Kwame Nkrumah.

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The terrorism score has been lowered from 4/10 to 3/10 which denotes that there is a high level of risk with fairly regular terrorist incidents causing extensive damage and casualties.

Dozens of people were killed in a similar attack against a nearby café last year.

Other countries with a 3/10 score include Egypt and Niger.

Is it still safe?

Burkina Faso actually has a fairly low crime rate but further terrorist attacks should be anticipated.

Two mass-casualty incidents have occurred in as many years. Incidents are not happening on a more frequent basis for now but travellers should be prepared to react in the event of any future incidents.

What can I do?

Monitor the news closely and be prepared to act if things deteriorate.

Maintain a low profile when travelling in public.

Be aware of your nearest escape routes in your accommodation, workplace or anywhere you go to eat, socialise etc.

Be prepared to get out of your current location at short notice in case of an incident.

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Burkina Faso terrorism score downgraded
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