Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso Authorities on Saturday were searching for any clues of the masterminds behind Friday’s deadly twin attacks on the French embassy and the country’s military headquarters.
The attacks in Ouagadougou were coordinated, exactly at the same time that a meeting of regional anti-jihadist forces happened.
Underlining the struggle West African nation faces by attempting to contain the bloody, growing jihadist insurgency in the region.
The government said eight armed forces personnel were killed, whilst a French security source told AFP that twelve others were severely injured.
No group has claimed responsibility of the attack, the government is not ruling out that it may not only be a jihadist group but also plotters behind a failed coup in 2015.
Communication minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou said on Saturday morning, “This is a terrorist attack, linked to a current or another terrorist movement in the Sahel… or to others who want to are destabilise or block our democratic progress,” said c
A security source told AFP that two people were arrested near the headquarters.
Government has confirmed that the attack on the military Headquarters was a suicide car bombing and that the G5 Sahel regional anti-terrorism force may have been the target.
The government said the attack on the military HQ was a suicide car bombing and that the G5 Sahel regional anti-terrorism force may have been the target.
“The vehicle was packed with explosives” and caused “huge damage”, Security Minister Clement Sawadogo said.
In the aftermath of the attack Prime minister Paul Kaba Thieba described it as, “truly apocalyptic scenes,” he added that the attack of the two countries, France and Burkina Faso was intended to divide them.
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