Al-Qaida-linked group claims Burkina Faso attack

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks.

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Authorities in Burkina Faso were on Saturday hunting for clues about the masterminds behind Friday's deadly twin attacks on the French embassy and the country's military headquarters.

"Egypt supports the efforts of France and Sahel states in facing this phenomena that attacks security and stability worldwide", the statement added, condemning the attacks in the "strongest terms".

Jama'a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM), a Mali-based Islamist group, claimed that eight of its members carried out the coordinated twin attacks, speaking via the Mauritanian news outlet Alakhbar.

GSIM said the Ouagadoudou attacks were a response to the deaths of some of its leaders "in a French Army raid in northern Mali two weeks ago", the agency reported.

The two deadly terrorist attacks in Burkina Fasos capital, Ougadougou, on Friday have been strongly condemned by the United Nations.

"The vehicle was packed with explosives" and caused "huge damage", Security Minister Clement Sawadogo said.

The 15 ambassadors expressed their solidarity with Burkina Faso in its fight against terrorism and also stressed the need to intensify regional and worldwide efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism.

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore stated, "Our country was once again the target of dark forces".


The violence began mid-morning when heavy gunfire broke out in the centre of the Burkinabe capital. According to witnesses, five men who are armed got out of the auto and opened fire on people passing by before they began to head towards the French Embassy.

The embassy attackers were armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and were "dressed in civilian clothes" with their faces uncovered, witnessed said.

Five of the extremists were killed at the embassy and at least three were killed near the army headquarters, officials said. Forces backed by the French military have failed to capture Dicko. The Burkina Faso attacks have been reported to be targeted at the French Embassy.

Burkina Faso also saw a failed coup in 2015.

The Ouagadougou prosecutor's office appealed for witnesses "to assist in the search and identification of accomplices, hosts and any possible facilitators" of the events.

"Perhaps it was the target".

The G5 forces will be comprised of approximately 5,000 soldiers, which will be fully operational by the end of March.

Burkina Faso is among a group of five Sahel countries, together known as the G5, which are facing complex interconnected security and development challenges.

Investigators are considering whether the attack on the well-protected French embassy was merely a diversion. The various insurgencies in the region have caused thousands of deaths in addition to making tens of thousands of people flee their homes.


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