BREAKING: Muslim Jihadist TERROR ATTACK At Popular Restaurant Leaves 18 DEAD… Here’s What We Know

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OUAGADOUGOU– At least 18 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants at a restaurant popular with foreigners in the capital of Burkina Faso.

Several others were wounded in the terror attack.

Security forces shot dead both attackers and freed people trapped inside the building.

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“This is a terrorist attack,” Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou told a news conference on Monday.

Dandjinou had earlier said that “some people were held” by the assailants and that “some were released”, but gave no further details.

Burkina Faso, like other countries in West Africa, has been targeted sporadically by jihadist groups. Most attacks have been along its remote northern border with Mali, which has seen activity by Islamist militants for more than a decade, Reuters reports.

A Reuters witness saw customers running out of the Aziz Istanbul restaurant in central Ouagadougou as police and paramilitary gendarmerie surrounded it, amid gunfire.

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Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said two Canadians were among the dead and French Foreign Affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said a French citizen was killed.

Lebanon’s interior ministry said three Lebananese died, including one who was also a Canadian national.

Earlier, Burkina Faso Foreign Affairs Minister Alpha Barry said at a news conference that seven Burkinabes, two Kuwaitis, a Nigerian, a Senegalese and a Turk were also among at least 18 killed.

The Guardian reports that analysts say a coalition of jihadist groups formed last month is the prime suspect. The alliance includes al-Qaida in the Maghreb (AQIM), one of the most tenacious and effective offshoots of the extremist organisation.

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A government statement described the latest deadly shooting as a terrorist attack, while President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré condemned it as “a despicable attack that has Ouagadougou in mourning”.

“The fight against terrorism is a long-term struggle,” he said on Twitter.

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Guy Ye, a police captain, said three or four assailants had arrived at the restaurant on motorbikes at about 9pm, armed with AK-47s, and began shooting at diners.

One woman said she was in the restaurant celebrating her brother’s birthday when the shooting started. “I just ran but my brother was left inside,” she told Reuters.

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