French say embassy in Burkina Faso is now stable

Quartet who attacked French embassy in Burkina Faso killed

Quartet who attacked French embassy in Burkina Faso killed

More than 64 persons are reportedly injured in the attacks which were launched against Burkinabe Prime Minister's office, the Army Headquarters and the French Embassy, according to reports by Radio Omega, an independent broadcaster, which was monitored in Ouagadougou by PREMIUM TIMES publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi.

"Terrorist attack" has hit Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, France's ambassador to West Africa's Sahel region said after an explosion rocked the army headquarters there and witnesses reported seeing masked gunmen attack the building.

Pictures from the scene showed windows blown out by the blasts and cars covered in debris as smoke filled the air.

The country is one of a group of fragile states on the southern rim of the Sahara that are battling jihadist groups.

"Solidarity with colleagues and friends in Burkina Faso", he said.

Four of the six assailants were killed at the army chief's headquarters while the other two were gunned down at the French embassy in Ouagadougou.

A government source said 16 people - nine assailants and seven members of the security forces - had died, a lot of them in the attack on the military headquarters.

The French targets attacked are symbolic given that French President Emmanuel Macron chose to outline his Africa strategy, including the fight against militants, in November in Ouagadougou.

Witnesses have reported seeing armed men getting out of a auto and opening fire, according to AFP news agency.

Quartet who attacked French embassy in Burkina Faso killed

There was no news of any Canadian casualties in the attack but the Canadian embassy in Ouagadougou urged all Canadians to remain indoors and follow instructions of authorities.

The U.S. Embassy in the city has advised people to seek shelter.

French forces based in the country have also been deployed.

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.

The violence, which the government called a terrorist attack, marked a further deterioration in former French colony's perilous security situation.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for an attack on a restaurant and hotel in Ouagadougou in January 2016 in which 30 people were killed.

Police took up positions near the offices of the prime minister where gunfire was also reported.

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

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