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Terror strikes Burkina Faso restaurant; 18 gunned down

Aug 14, 2017, 7:18 AM EDT
Al-Qaeda linked gunmen attacked a nearby cafe in Ouagadougou on January 16, 2016.
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Suspected jihadists launched a “terrorist attack” at a restaurant in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, shooting dead at least 18 people and injuring several others on Sunday night. The security forces gunned down the two assailants, who are believed to have ties with one of the affiliates of al-Qaeda active in the Sahel region.

The deadly attack at the Turkish restaurant named Aziz Istanbul brings back the haunting memories of a similar strike at a nearby café in January last year, which left 30 people dead, writes the BBC.

Burkina Faso, which shares a northern border with turbulent Mali, is reeling under “homegrown” terror with a local preacher, Ibrahim Malam Dicko, radicalizing the youths in the northern border region, notes Al Jazeera.