A land mine explosion in eastern Burkina Faso has killed at least 10 civilians and injured several others on a passenger bus. The country’s government said on Monday that the explosion came from a mine buried on the side of the road. Al-Jazeera news.

The bus was traveling from the market town of Fada N’Gourma, about 220 kilometers from the capital Ouagadougou, to the nearby border town of Kantachari in neighboring Niger.

Regional Governor Colonel Hubert Yameogo said in a statement that the vehicle hit a mine while approaching Bogui village on Sunday afternoon.

The injured were taken to hospital in the eastern main town of Fada N’Gourma, while the rest of the bus passengers are missing, Yamiogo said. The government is restoring security in the area and trying to locate the missing passengers.

So far no one has claimed responsibility for the blast. But the area where the incident occurred has long been fought by the government with fighters from Al-Qaeda in North Africa and ISIL (ISIS).

Violence linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL has raged in the country for more than six years. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in this conflict so far. The government’s inability to prevent attacks has led to two coups this year. Each military leader has pledged to prioritize security, leading to the coup.

Earlier, another mine explosion occurred between the villages of Ogarau and Matiakwali, the Associated Press reported. Five soldiers were injured in the incident.

(Dhaka Times / 27 December / SAT)