'Heavy fire' in Burkina Faso restaurant attack

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 14, 2017

Three people are reported dead after suspected jihadists launched an attack n the centre of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou.

At least two people, including one foreigner, have been injured in the attack, according to an AFP journalist in the country.

Police and army arrived at the scene and sporadic gunfire could be heard into the night, the journalist said.

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First responders retrieved him from under the bus, and were seen performing CPR on him before he was taken to hospital. Afterwards, they were let off one by one to give statements. "I heard the sound, the crash". "It was pretty sad".

The Reuters witness saw customers running out of the Aziz Istanbul restaurant as police and paramilitary gendarmerie surrounded it. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

There are fears that the attack is the work of one of the affiliates of al-Qaeda that are active in the Sahel region, the BBC's Alex Duval Smith reports. Most attacks have been along its remote northern border region with Mali, a country which has seen attacks by Islamist militants for more than a decade.

The central street where the Turkish restaurant is located has several luxury hotels favored by foreign visitors, including the nearby Hotel Bravia and the Splendid Hotel. His association, Ansarul Islam, is now considered a "terrorist group" by Burkina Faso's government.

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