Burkina president urges collaboration with security forces after deadly attacks

At least eight people were killed and more than 80 injured in...									Posted Mar. 3 2018 8:02 PM					Updated Mar. 3 2018 8:03 PM

At least eight people were killed and more than 80 injured in... Posted Mar. 3 2018 8:02 PM Updated Mar. 3 2018 8:03 PM

In a statement to APS news agency, spokesman for Algerian Foreign Ministry, Abdelaziz Benali Cherif, stressed that his country "firmly and unequivocally condemns terrorism under all its forms".

In a statement, he affirms the United Nations' commitment "to support Burkina Faso in its efforts to fight violent extremism and terrorism, sustain the security sector reform, promote national reconciliation and create the conditions for sustainable peace and development".

A man suspected of having participated on Friday in the attack on the army headquarters in Burkina Faso, has appeared before a court in the capital, Ouagadougou, a government source told AFP.

Officials from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger were at the meeting, representing the G5 Sahel nations who have launched a joint military force to combat jihadists on the southern rim of the Sahara.

Five emergency centres to treat casualties were set up in hospitals, a military barracks and at a stadium in Ouagadougou, said Col Amade Kafando, director general of Burkina Faso's army health unit.

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In reprisal for Burkina Faso's participation in a regional fight against Islamist militant.

The Paris public prosecutor's office said it had opened a formal investigation into "attempted murder in relation to a terrorist enterprise", an expected procedural step after attacks targeting French citizens or interests.

Paul Kaba Thieba met with the army chief at the army headquarters, where the assault killed at least six soldiers, including a senior officer.

The attackers "had knowledge of the current habits and practices inside the (army) headquarters", another governmental source said Saturday, which is how they managed to access the service entrance.

A gunman who attacked the military headquarters was wearing the uniform of the national army, according to a security source.

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Last year, attackers shot and killed 18 people outside a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou.

Speaking on state television, he said that two paramilitary gendarmes were also killed defending the French embassy, which also came under attack.

Burkina Faso has been the target of jihadist attacks since 2015, but they had never previously been carried out with this level of organisation.

A group called al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) also said some of its militants were involved.

Panicked residents fled the city centre on foot or motorbikes as dozens of Burkina Faso special forces and armoured vehicles took up positions in the area. No one has so far claimed responsibility for that attack.

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