At least 20 dead in terror attack on restaurant in Burkina Faso

At least 20 dead in attack on restaurant in Burkina Faso

The incident took place late on Sunday evening local time

Monday, August 14, 2017

A number of people have been killed after militants opened fire on a restaurant in Burkina Faso. 

Eight people were reportedly wounded in the incident in the capital of Ouagadougou, which took place just after 9pm on Sunday. It is believed the atrocity was perpetrated by two gunmen.

The attack took place at the Aziz Istanbul, a restaurant popular with foreigners. Reports on the death toll differ, but the Burkina Faso government has listed the figure to be 20. 

One victim has been confirmed as a Turkish national, while there are unconfirmed reports of a French victim. 

The assailants - thought to be two in number - were killed by security forces, who launched a counter-offensive around 10.15pm local time (1.15pm GMT).

The shootout between the gunmen and the authorities ended around 5am on Monday.

While a militant group is yet to claim the incident, the pair are believed to belong to a coalition of jihadist groups - of which Al-Qaeda is a member.

The attack has been roundly condemned by political figures, including French President Emmanuel Macron.