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Burkina Faso attack: Gunmen have launched an attack in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, with the French embassy and a military headquarters the apparent targets.

Burkina Faso’s government said four attackers had been killed at the embassy and three at the HQ.

Witnesses reported seeing armed men getting out of a car and opening fire before heading towards the embassy.

A French diplomatic source quoted by Agence France-Presse said the situation at the embassy was now under control.

Pictures from the scene showed a cloud of black smoke rising into the sky. It is unclear who is behind the violence.

The national police have issued a statement saying special forces are in action.

Ouagadougou Mayor Armand Béouindé told France’s Le Monde newspaper that the attackers shot at the town hall and his office windows were shattered. “Apparently, it is a jihadist attack,” he said, but gave no further details. Read more

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Burkina Faso attack: Gunmen have launched an attack in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, with the French embassy and a military headquarters the apparent targets.

Burkina Faso’s government said four attackers had been killed at the embassy and three at the HQ.

Witnesses reported seeing armed men getting out of a car and opening fire before heading towards the embassy.

A French diplomatic source quoted by Agence France-Presse said the situation at the embassy was now under control.

Burkina Faso attack: Gunmen have launched an attack in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, with the French embassy and a military headquarters the apparent targets.

Burkina Faso’s government said four attackers had been killed at the embassy and three at the HQ.

Witnesses reported seeing armed men getting out of a car and opening fire before heading towards the embassy.

A French diplomatic source quoted by Agence France-Presse said the situation at the embassy was now under control.