Six attackers killed in Burkina assault

Jenna Warner
March 3, 2018

"A certain number of gendarmes and soldiers" were wounded, but there were no known casualties among civilians, he said.

On February 21, two members of the French counter-terrorism force were killed by a landmine near Mali's border with Niger and Burkina Faso.

An emergency medical post was established at the municipal stadium.

Burkina Faso's government said four attackers had been killed at the embassy and at least two at the headquarters.

"The specialized units of the defense and security forces are in action", the force said on its official Facebook page.

Witnesses at the national television office which faces the French Embassy said that five people arrived in a pick-up truck in front of the embassy and started shooting after saying "Allahu Akhbar".

"I saw people with sacks on their backs attack the guard".

Burkina Faso's police director general says the capital is being attacked by suspected Islamic extremists after explosions and gunfire were heard in Ouagadougou early Friday.

Five of the extremists were killed at the embassy and at least three were killed near the army headquarters, according to Danjuinou, the communications minister. The vehicle said to have been used by the attackers was seen on fire and picture from the scene showed a cloud of black smoke billowing to the sky.

Heavy smoke was seen coming from the army joint chief of staff's office in Ouagadougou.

Smoke rises from the site of an armed attack in downtown Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

It's not the first time that sites in the capital have come under attack.

"Burkinabe security forces are mobilized against the attackers with the support of security forces at our embassy", said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in a statement.

It ceased by around noon.

Freelance journalist Yacouba Ouédraogo, who is in Ouagadougou, told CNN the shooting had stopped and that the people who attacked the army headquarters wore Burkinabé army clothes.

Islamist militants have gained a stronger foothold in Africa's vast Sahel region in the last few years, launching attacks in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Niger. The landlocked country of around 19 million exports cotton and gold.

Jean-Marc Chataigner, France's ambassador to West Africa's Sahel region, tweeted: "Terrorist attack this morning in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: solidarity with colleagues and Burkinabe friends".

A government statement urged people to keep calm and avoid areas where there might be gunfire.

On January 15, 2016, 30 people, including six Canadians and five Europeans, were killed in a terror attack on a hotel and restaurant in the city centre.

The 5,000-member force combines troops from Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad and Mauritania, with France leading the efforts to bring in worldwide funding.

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