The attack came two days after French special forces freed four foreign hostages in the north of the country in an overnight raid that cost the lives of two soldiers.
The two women were discovered during the raid and had apparently had been held by the captors for a month.
OUAGADOUGOU: A Mali-based al Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility on Saturday for attacks in neighbouring Burkina Faso that left 16 people dead, including eight gunmen, at the army headquarters and French embassy, Mauritanian news agency Alakhbar reported. Eighty others were wounded in the coordinated attacks in the capital Ouagadougou, which follow two other major assaults there in the past two years. The group, Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM), often uses Alakhbar and other Mauritanian news agencies to…
OUAGADOUGOU: More than 18 people, including at least eight foreigners were shot dead in a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso, officials said Monday, in the latest attack in West Africa to target a spot popular with expatriates. There has been no claim of responsibility for Sunday night's attack at the Aziz Istanbul restaurant, which was often packed with foreign nationals who went there to watch football. Two attackers were killed by security forces in a counter-assault that left the streets echoing with gunfire until…
BURKINA FASO: Seventeen people have been killed and eight injured in a “terrorist attack” on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital, the government said Monday. Witnesses said three gunmen arrived at a Turkish restaurant in a pickup truck on Sunday evening and opened fire on customers seated outside. The government then launched a counter-assault, with gunfire heard into the night. “A terrorist attack at Istanbul restaurant on Ouagadougou's Kwame Nkrumah Avenue claimed 17 victims, their nationalities are yet to be…
OUAGADOUGOU: Security forces ended a siege by al Qaeda fighters at a hotel in Burkina Faso's capital on Saturday, killing three gunmen and freeing 126 hostages, the West African nation's security minister said.
OUAGADOUGOU: Pro-coup demonstrators in Burkina Faso on Sunday stormed a hotel due to host talks aimed at restoring a civilian interim government and attacked participants arriving for the meeting, witnesses said.
OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso's army cleared thousands of protesters from the capital and opened fire at state TV headquarters on Sunday, killing one person, as it sought to restore order following the resignation of President Blaise Compaore two days ago.