Burkina Faso suffered a terrorist attack on Sunday, August 13. Gunmen attacked a local restaurant in the capital city of Ouagadougou around 9 PM. The restaurant is a known hotspot for Foreigners and may have been mainly targeting them. This is also a time when many people take to restaurants for small meals and relaxing. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack which left 17 dead and others injured. It has been theorized though that this is probably the work of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) or an affiliate from Mali. Last year in January, another similar attack took place in the capital and was attributed to AQIM as well.
08/18/2017 Burkina Faso (CNN) – Security forces in Burkina Faso have ended an operation against terrorists who attacked a Turkish cafe in the capital Ouagadougou Sunday that left 18 dead including two attackers, the communications minister Remis Dandjinou said Monday.
In a press briefing he said searches of the neighborhood around the restaurant were still continuing. Dandjinou said there were several nationalities among the victims.
The assault on the terrace of the Aziz Istanbul restaurant in the center of the West African city began around 9 p.m. local time Sunday (5 p.m. ET).
The attackers barricaded themselves in the restaurant on Avenue Kwame Nkrumah in the center of the city, state media RTB reports, citing authorities. The operation by security forces ended at 5 a.m. (1 a.m. ET) Monday morning.
Prosecutor Maiza Sereme told reporters Monday that the two young male assailants had arrived at the cafe on a motorcycle, armed with AK-47 assault rifles.
Five defense and security personnel were among 22 people wounded during the incident, she said, with 40 people eventually freed.
The National Police and Gendarmerie have launched an investigation into the attack. They are considering charges of association with a terrorist group, murder and attempted murder, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition and aggravated voluntary destruction of property, Sereme said, calling for witnesses to come forward.