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'Heavy fire' in Burkina Faso restaurant attack

14 August 2017

Islamic extremists attacked another restaurant in Ouagadougou, which is in the centre of the West African country, in January a year ago, killing 30 people.

Witnesses were quoted as saying that three gunmen on Sunday opened fire on customers seated outside a hotel and restaurant, the BBC reported.

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"The attack claimed 17 victims, their nationalities are yet to be confirmed, and eight injured", the government statement said. "The rest of the wounded are in a critical condition", the surgeon told AFP. The security forces reached the spot after receiving reports of shots being fired near the upscale Turkish restaurant Aziz Istanbul in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso, like other countries in West Africa, has been sporadically targeted by jihadist groups operating across Africa's Sahel.

The worst attack was an assault on a hotel and cafe in central Ouagadougou in January 2016 that killed 30 people including several foreigners. It shares a northern border with Mali, which has long battled Islamic extremists.

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Burkina Faso is increasingly homegrown, experts say. His association, Ansarul Islam, is now considered a terrorist group by Burkina Faso's government.

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'Heavy fire' in Burkina Faso restaurant attack