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At least 28 killed in attack on Burkina Faso army HQ: Sources

In a simultaneous attack, the French embassy was also targeted

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Burkina Faso

At least 28 people were killed today in an attack on the military headquarters in Burkina Faso, three security sources, two in France and one in West Africa, said.

Two of the sources told AFP that 28 people were killed and a third spoke of "around 30" dead in the attack in the capital Ouagadougou.

In a simultaneous attack, the French embassy was also targeted.

Burkinabe security sources gave a lower toll, saying "around 15" people were killed, while the army's medical chief, Colonel Amado Kafando, said 75 had been injured. It was unclear whether these figures applied to one or to both attacks.

Earlier, the government had announced that six assailants had been killed -- four in the embassy attack and two in the second attack -- while state TV said seven members of the security forces had also died.

French government sources said there had been no French casualties and described the situation as "under control".

Speaking to state TV channel RTB, Information Minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou said the attack had "strong overtones of terrorism".

First Published: Fri, March 02 2018. 22:18 IST
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