Several fatalities have been reported after a convoy carrying workers, including Perenti contractors, to Semafo’s Bongou gold mine in Burkina Faso came under attack about 40km from the mine.

Initial reports suggest as many as 37 people could be dead and 60 others wounded.

Perenti’s locally based subsidiary African Mining Services is a contractor to Semafo at Bongou.

Perenti said it was still working to confirm the details but said the immediate location around the incident had been secured.

“We are currently working with local authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of our workforce,” the company said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this attack and with their families.

“We are considering the implications of the incident and of the security situation in Burkina Faso more generally and will be engaging with Semafo through this process.”

It is understood no Australian workers are involved in the incident.

The Montreal-based Semafo said the incident happened about 40km from its Boungou mine in Burkina Faso’s eastern region and involved five buses of employees who were being accompanied by a military escort.

The mining company said it was aware of “several fatalities and injuries.”

“Boungou mine site remains secured and our operations are not affected,” Semafo said in its statement.

“We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers.”

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