Burkina Faso: Car bomb targets military HQ

06 March, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Troops ride in a vehicle near the French Embassy in central Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. – AP

In a statement to APS news agency, spokesman for Algerian Foreign Ministry, Abdelaziz Benali Cherif, stressed that his country "firmly and unequivocally condemns terrorism under all its forms".

Mr Guterres reiterated the UN's commitment to support Burkina Faso in its efforts to fight violent extremism and terrorism and create the conditions for sustainable peace and development, among other measures.

Authorities in Burkina Faso were on Saturday hunting for clues about the masterminds behind Friday's deadly twin attacks on the French embassy and the country's military headquarters.

Burkina Faso is among a number of vulnerable countries in the southern Sahara region that are fighting jihadist groups.

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

People on Saturday flocked around the headquarters and the French Embassy to view the damage.

The government has launched an investigation into the attacks which killed eight soldiers and injured more than 80.

Rémi Dandjinou, Burkina Faso's minister of communication, told CNN the attackers also used an explosive device at a military site.

"Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso".

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Authorities have not identified who was responsible for the attacks, CNN reported.

Previous attacks in Ouagadougou and near the porous border with Mali were conducted by allies of al Qaeda in reprisal for Burkina Faso's participation in a regional fight against Islamist militants. An explosion occurred at about the same time near the military headquarters and the French cultural center about a kilometer from the embassy attack, witnesses said.

Witnesses said five armed men got out of a vehicle and opened fire on passersby before heading toward the French embassy.

Islamic extremists carried out two other large-scale attacks on Ouagadougou in recent years, killing 30 people at a popular cafe in 2016 and 18 more at a Turkish restaurant in August 2017.

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

Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation in West Africa is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Today saw further unrest when one person was shot dead after three people attempted to storm a roadblock in the early hours near the presidential compound, a government source told AFP.

A group called al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) also said some of its militants were involved.


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