18 people Killed In Burkina Faso Terror Attack

At least 18 people have been killed and eight wounded in a gun attack in the centre of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou.

The gunmen, thought to be jihadists, fired on customers on the terrace before making their way inside.

Two attackers were killed in a siege which lasted into the morning.

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré condemned the “cowardly terror attack”, saying the people of Burkina Faso would not give in to terrorism.

The foreigners killed include two Kuwaitis, and one each from Canada, France, Lebanon, Nigeria, Senegal and Turkey, Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Alpha Barry said. However, Canada’s foreign minister said two Canadians had died.

Three victims have not yet been identified, Barry said.

A jihadist attack on a nearby cafe in January of last year killed 30 people.

There are fears that the latest attack is the work of one of the affiliates of al-Qaeda that are active in the Sahel region.

@BBC




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