Killed, 80 Injured In Attacks In Burkina Faso

by Antonio Miles March 4, 2018, 4:33
Killed, 80 Injured In Attacks In Burkina Faso

Paris: At least 28 people were killed in an attack on the military headquarters in Burkina Faso on Friday, three security sources, two in France and one in West Africa, said.

The Trump administration's statement mentioned a terrorist attack Friday in Burkina Faso by armed Islamist militants, which led to the deaths of at least members of local security forces.

He expressed his profound sympathy to the families of the victims and wished a speedy and full recovery to the injured.

The attacks were against the French embassy and army headquarters.


During the attack, reports say Barricades were erected to keep people from the French Embassy and the prime minister's office in the eastern part of the city centre where gunfire was heard and smoke seen rising into the air.

France's embassy and cultural institute in Ouagadougou are no longer in danger, an aide to Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said.

They then ran towards the French embassy, according to witnesses who saw the attack from the state television offices facing the embassy.

Witnesses said five men armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles got out of a auto and opened fire on passersby before heading towards the French embassy. The minister said eight attackers had been shot dead.

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"What just happened to us is a lesson, and we need to remain vigilant and also ready to anticipate on the modus operandi of the terrorists", said Mr Thieba, announcing the government will put in place new measures to "protect institutions".

"So they tried, but they didn't manage it and so they tried to enter from the west side".

French President Emmanuel Macron urged French nationals in the country to follow the embassy's advice and stay away from troubled areas.

In a simultaneous attack, the French embassy was also targeted.

On August 13 past year, two assailants opened fire on a restaurant on Ouagadougou's main avenue, killing 19 people and wounding 21.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but previous attacks were conducted by allies of al Qaeda in reprisal for Burkina Faso's participation in a regional fight against Islamist militants.

The neighborhood also houses other embassies, the prime minister's office and United Nations offices.

The trial for dozens of the alleged perpetrators began earlier this week but was suspended after defence lawyers walked out in protest against the military court.

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