Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Gunmen attack Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso capital

Gunmen attack Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso capital

Seventeen people were killed and nine others wounded after a number of assailants attacked a cafe in Burkina Faso around 9 p.m. local time Sunday (5 p.m. ET), according to state-run media RTB.

Security forces arrived at the scene with armored vehicles after reports of shots fired near Aziz Istanbul, an upscale restaurant in Ouagadougou. It's not known how many attackers are involved. Burkina Faso's Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou confirmed the toll on Monday morning.

A paramedic told AFP that one of the victims was a Turkish national.

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Police evacuated civilians from the area before launching the counter-assault, with the heavy exchange of fire becoming more sporadic as the operation went on.

Burkina Faso, a poor landlocked nation bordering Mali and Niger, has seen a string of attacks claimed by jihadist groups in recent years.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

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But thirty people were killed when gunmen struck a restaurant and hotel in Ouagadougou January 2016 in an attack claimed by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb that showed the growing reach of jihadists across the region.

"Three of them have died".

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