Twin Attacks Leave 8 Dead, 80 Injured In Burkina Faso


Burkina Faso: At least eight people were killed and more than 80 injured in two attacks in Burkina Faso’s capital, one of them targeting the French embassy, security officials said.
Those killed were all security personnel, Security Minister Clement Sawadogo said during a Friday news conference in Ouagadougou.

The injured were being treated at local civilian and military hospitals, he said, adding that dozens were in “quite serious conditions” and three were “considered very serious.”

Sawadogo confirmed there were two coordinated attacks: one against the French embassy, the other against the national army headquarters, and said assailants used a “vehicle packed with explosives” against the latter.

Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thiéba on Saturday visited both attack sites, according to local media reports. The UN Security Council issued a statement condemning “in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks” in Ouagadougou.

Its members “expressed their solidarity with Burkina Faso in its fight against terrorism and stressed the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism.”