United Nations chief condemns attacks in Burkina Faso

Emilio Banks
March 4, 2018

Unidentified assailants killed five people and wounded around 50 others during an attack on Burkina Faso's military headquarters in the capital Ouagadougou on Friday, said government spokesman Remi Dandjinou.

Heavy smoke is seen coming from the army joint chief of staff's office in Ouagadougou.

It was not clear how many militants took part in what Jean Bosco Kienou, director general of Burkina Faso's police, and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe called a terrorist attack.

Burkina Faso's national police have warned people to move away from areas around the "vicinity of the Prime Ministry - and the United Nations roundabout".

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The Government Information Service (GIS), reveals that seven members of the security forces died in the fighting.

An aide to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the situation at France's embassy and cultural center was brought "under control" after the gunmen who attacked the embassy were killed.

However, security sources told Agence France-Presse that at least 28 people were killed in the attack on the military headquarters alone.

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Three security sources, two in France and one in West Africa, told AFP in Paris that at least 28 people were killed in the attack on the military headquarters alone. It shares a northern border with Mali, which has long battled Islamic extremists.

As a retired soldier who came to power in a military coup, Compaore had been involved in trade-offs with armed elements to stave off any chance for the kind of attacks being witnessed in Burkina Faso over the past two years.

Among his objectives has been ending the use of French, the former colonizer's language, in regional schools. In response to the new violence in eastern Burkina Faso, troops from Burkina Faso and nearby Mali and Niger have increased patrols.

But he is not the only threat.

The force is made up of soldiers from Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Chad.

With him gone, these trade-offs are bound to dry out, leaving those elements without any serious incentives to stop them becoming the country's destabilization force.

During the 2016 assault, security forces waited for hours before trying to intervene.

A government statement said four attackers had been killed by security forces, adding that operations are ongoing in the area.

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