Extremist attack kills eight, injure 80 in Burkina Faso

Simultaneous Attacks Hit Burkina Faso, a Growing Target of Al Qaeda

"I would like to encourage the population to reinforce collaboration with our defence and security forces in our common fight against terrorism", he said.

The source added that nine assailants were killed, one more than previously reported.

Jama'a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM), a Mali-based Islamist group, claimed that eight of its members carried out the coordinated twin attacks, speaking via the Mauritanian news outlet Alakhbar.

The group said the Ouagadoudou attacks were a response to the deaths of some of its leaders "in a French army raid in northern Mali two weeks ago", the agency reported.

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The two deadly terrorist attacks in Burkina Fasos capital, Ougadougou, on Friday have been strongly condemned by the United Nations.

The government said the attack on the military headquarters was a suicide auto bombing and that the G5 Sahel regional anti-terrorism force may have been the target.

One of the militants' assaults destroyed a room in the army headquarters where senior officers were to have met but was relocated at the last minute, according to Security Minister Clement Sawadogo.

Othaimeen also reiterated the organization's firm rejection of all forms of terrorism and extremism, and he expressed the OIC's solidarity with the government of Burkina Faso in its efforts to counter terrorism.

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In a televised speech on Saturday, President Roch Kabore urged the public on Saturday to collaborate more closely with the armed forces.

The violence began mid-morning when heavy gunfire broke out in the centre of the Burkinabe capital.

The Paris prosecutor's office said it has opened a preliminary attempted murder investigation into the attack because the embassy was among the targets, a French judicial official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media identified. "Apparently, it is a jihadist attack", he said, but gave no further details.

According to French military sources, some 20 jihadists were "killed or captured" on that occasion. An explosion occurred at about the same time near the military headquarters and the French cultural center about a kilometer from the embassy attack, witnesses said.

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"Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso", the State Department said.

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