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The French embassy in the Burkino Faso capital of Ouagadougou has been attacked by suspected jihadists in a coordinated assault that also hit the country’s army headquarters.

France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the Burkinabe government confirmed that the embassy had been the target of one of a pair of attacks against several locations on Friday.

Le Drian told LCI television that there were “no French casualties, as far as we’re aware” and that the attackers had been “neutralised”, adding that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, was being kept informed of the situation.

The Burkinabe government said that eight attackers and seven soldiers were killed in the attacks, but other reports suggested an even bloodier outcome, with dozens of victims.

About 50 were reportedly injured at the army headquarters, where witnesses described an explosion just after 10am. This was followed by an attack by armed men disguised in military uniforms at the location next to the city’s main market. Read More …

 

 

The French embassy in the Burkino Faso capital of Ouagadougou has been attacked by suspected jihadists in a coordinated assault that also hit the country’s army headquarters. France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the Burkinabe government confirmed that the embassy had been the target of one of a pair of attacks against several locations on Friday. Le Drian told LCI television that there were “no French casualties, as far as we’re aware” and that the attackers had been “neutralised”, adding that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, was being kept informed of the situation. The Burkinabe government said that eight attackers and seven soldiers were killed in the attacks, but other reports suggested an even bloodier outcome, with dozens of victims. About 50 were reportedly injured at the army headquarters, where witnesses described an explosion just after 10am. This was followed by an attack by armed men disguised in military uniforms at the location next to the city’s main market.