28 Dead In Terrorist Attack Near French Embassy
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At least 28 people have been killed in a terrorist attack near the French embassy in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, AFP reports, citing French and African security sources.
Police had previously confirmed that four shooters were neutralized and three more attackers killed in the incident.
A number of locations were targeted in the capital of the West African nation on Friday, including Ouagadougou’s French embassy, nearby army headquarters and prime minister’s office, by suspected Islamic extremists.
#BREAKING At least 28 killed in attack on Burkina army HQ: French, African security sources
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 2, 2018
Initial eyewitness reports told of masked gunmen with backpacks attacking guards at the entrance to the army headquarters, which followed an explosion. A separate attack was later launched near the prime minister’s office, according to a police statement. Security units were deployed to the scene near the French embassy, also targeted in the coordinated attack.
Islamic extremists are suspected of being behind the attack on the capital, according to Burkina Faso’s police director general. Jean Bosco Kienou told AP on Friday that “the form is that of a terrorist attack.” Witnesses are reported to have heard the assailants yell “Allahu Akhbar” before setting fire to a vehicle and opening fire in front of the embassy.
France’s ambassador to Africa’s Sahel region, Jean-Marc Châtaigner, called the explosion a “terrorist attack” on Twitter and told people to avoid the downtown area. “Terrorist attack this morning in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso: solidarity with colleagues and Burkinabe friends,” Jean-Marc Châtaigner wrote.
— Jean-Marc Châtaigner (@Jmchataigner) March 2, 2018
The French embassy in Burkina Faso took to Facebook to warn locals of an “ongoing attack” and told people to “stay confined. “No certainty at this stage of the locations,” read the statement.