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Killed in Attack on French Embassy, Army HQ in Burkina Faso

06 March 2018, 02:04 | Colleen Roy

Gunfire explosion heard in Burkina Faso capital

Gunfire explosion heard in Burkina Faso capital

The minister said eight attackers had been shot dead. Windows were broken there and in nearby buildings.

As many as 28 people may have died in the terrorism attacks today at the French embassy in Burkina Faso and the country's military headquarters, before being repelled.

In the other attack across town, there were "numerous victims" at the national army headquarters, he said. He warned that the death toll was likely to climb, with many others seriously wounded.

Witnesses said masked gunmen attacked the downtown army headquarters at around 10 a.m. (1000 GMT).

"In these hard moments, I would like to reaffirm to Africa and the entire world my unshakeable faith in the capacity of the Burkinabe people to preserve their dignity and ferociously oppose their enemies", Kabore said in a speech on national television.

Safety instructions are being sent to the French citizens in Ouagadougou. "All day it was like this", said Sylvain Some, who works at a stand near the embassy.

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

Government spokesman Remi Dandjinou told Reuters on Saturday that arrests had been made in connection with the attacks but it was unclear if he was referring to new arrests or the two that authorities had reported on Friday. "We heard gunfire for sure, and explosions, I think", she said.

Souro Sanou, an official at the hospital in the capital, said that several people have been wounded. "Apparently, it is a jihadist attack", he said, but gave no further details.

The 15 ambassadors expressed their solidarity with Burkina Faso in its fight against terrorism and also stressed the need to intensify regional and worldwide efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism.

French government sources said there were no French casualties and described the situation in Ouagadougou as "under control".

The embassy initially said on its Facebook page that an attack was underway at the embassy as well as Ouagadougou's French cultural institute.

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

Gunshots became intermittent and helicopters are now flying near the French Embassy.

An interim United Nations report seen by AFP warned of a "growing threat" to the Sahel from two groups: the Islamic State in the Great Sahara (ISGS) and Ansar al-Islam. They said the attackers left the truck, set fire to the embassy and started shooting.

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