Gunmen attack Burkina Faso restaurant, many killed

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Last Update: 09:55

Suspected extremists have killed several foreigners during a raid at a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, officials say. At least two assailants were shot dead as police secured the area.

Suspected extremists have killed several foreigners during a raid at a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, officials say. At least two assailants were shot dead as police secured the area.



At least 18 people were killed and eight others wounded in the attack, Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou told reporters early Monday, adding that one French citizen and several other foreigners were included in the provisional death toll. Security forces have killed at least two of the suspected attackers.

Turkey΄s foreign ministry said a Turkish national was also among the dead.

Up to four attackers on motorbikes opened fire on dining visitors in Aziz Istanbul, an upscale Turkish restaurant in downtown Ouagadougou late Sunday. One soldier said the assailants had also taken hostages.



Police evacuated civilians from the site before moving against the suspects. Witnesses reported hearing heavy gunfire for several hours after the initial raid.

Radio France Internationale quoted Dandjinou as saying security forces in armored vehicles had taken control of the area.

"This is a terrorist attack," the minister told a news conference.

No terrorist group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the shooting resembles a similar assault in January 2016, when three al Qaeda-linked jihadists killed at least 30 people at Cappuccino Cafe in Ouagadougou before holing up in a nearby hotel. Almost half of the victims were foreigners.

Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world, shares its northern border with Mali, which has long battled Islamic extremists.

nm/kms (AP, Reuters, AFP, dpa)

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