Burkina Faso Terror Attack – Multiple Dead, Wounded

By Faye Higbee

Gunfire erupted at the Aziz Istanbul Patisserie in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso around 9 p.m. (5 p.m. EDT) on Sunday night. The Turkish restaurant is a popular tourist venue for its European cakes and pastries, and was packed with people celebrating a birthday party. The death toll has risen to 18 so far with at least 8 wounded, but that may increase. The perpetrators were jihadist militants who were shot dead by security forces.

“At this moment our forces have neutralized two terrorists and the number of casualties, still provisional, is 18 dead and several wounded.” Communications Minister and government spokesman Remy Danguinou 

At least one Canadian and one French tourists were among the dead. At least eight of the dead were foreigners.

No specific group has yet claimed responsibility, although rumors are charging it to either al-Qaeda or ISIS. The northern border region of Burkina Faso is close to Mali, which has a severe problem with Islamic terrorists.

Fox reported,

Security forces arrived at the scene with armored vehicles after reports of shots fired near Aziz Istanbul, an upscale restaurant in Ouagadougou. The attack brought back painful memories of the January 2016 attack at another cafe that left 30 people dead.

Police Capt. Guy Ye said three or four assailants had arrived at the Aziz Istanbul restaurant on motorcycles, and then began shooting randomly at the crowds dining Sunday evening.

The actual number was said to be 2 assailants. Victims were trapped inside the restaurant during the gunfight, which lasted into Monday morning – about 7 hours. The suspects had barricaded themselves in the restaurant. Burkina Faso security forces ended the attack, and freed the patrons.

A similar jihadi attack occurred last year at another cafe only a short distance from this one.