Armed gunmen have attacked Burkina Faso's army headquarters and the French embassy in Ouagadougou, leaving security forces and civilians dead. Authorities say the attackers were Islamic extremists.
Armed gunmen have attacked Burkina Faso's army headquarters in Ouagadougou, with violence also reported near the French embassy. A French envoy to the region described the incident as a "terrorist attack."
Burkina Faso in West Africa is well known for its religious and cultural tolerance. But several large-scale extremist attacks in the region are putting this to the test. One man is using theater to fight back.
A militant group that includes al-Qaida's North African branch has claimed responsibility for Friday's deadly assault. A UN report has warned that growing instability in Mali could undermine security in the Sahel.
Not for the first time, a terror attack in Ouagadougou has left many people dead. But terror is not only a problem in the capital of Burkina Faso. The threat is present throughout the country, says Thomas Mösch.
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