Eighteen die in Burkina Faso terror attack


At least 18 people including foreigners were killed and a dozen others wounded in a "terrorist attack" by suspected jihadists on a Turkish restaurant in the Burkina Faso capital, the government said Monday.

One of the Canadian victims of a terror attack in the capital of Burkina Faso was a pregnant newlywed who was living in the country while finishing a doctorate at the University of Cambridge in England. "That's why I'm calling for vigilance, solidarity and unity of the whole nation in order to face the cowardice of our adversaries". Seven Burkina Faso citizens were killed and authorities said three other victims had not yet been identified.

She says Canadian consular officials are working hard to provide assistance to the families of the victims.

The victims came from several different nationalities, he said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which continued into the early hours of Monday.

The pair of leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to the formation of an worldwide security force in the Sahel region to "continue the fight against terrorist groups".

The country's communications minister, Remi Dandjinou, said security forces had killed both attackers.

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Gunfire rang out long into the night before the country's special forces ended the attack after almost seven hours.

Security forces arrived at the scene with armored vehicles after reports of shots fired near Aziz Istanbul, an upscale restaurant in Ouagadougou.

Sunday's attack echoes a similar one in 2016 on the Cappuccino Cafe in the same district of the city that left 29 dead.

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

█ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ Macron condemns "terrorist attack" French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday condemned the Ouagadougou "terrorist attack", praising the "effective mobilisation" of Burkina security forces in ending the assault, in which at least one French national died.

The northern border region is now the home of a local preacher, Ibrahim Malam Dicko, who radicalized and has claimed recent deadly attacks against troops and civilians.

The Montreal-based non-governmental organization, called CECI, has been operating in Burkina Faso since 1985.