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    Gunfire & Explosion heard near Army Headquarters, French Embassy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    Gunfire and an explosion were heard near the army headquarters and the French embassy in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the BBC reported.

    Witnesse claimed to have seen armed men getting out of a car and opening fire before heading towards the embassy.

    The French ambassador had to tweet,"an attack is under way."

    Pictures from the scene depict a cloud of black smoke rising into the sky. It remains unclear who masterminded the violence.

    The national police have already issued a statement saying special forces are in action.

    According to the BBC, Ouagadougou Mayor Armand Béouindé told France's Le Monde newspaper that the attackers shot at the town hall and his office windows were shattered. "Apparently, it is a jihadist attack," he said, but gave no further details.

    French President Emmanuel Macron was being kept up-to-date and has urged French nationals in the country to follow the embassy's advice and stay away from troubled areas; French forces have also been deployed within the country.

    A statement on the French embassy's Facebook page said it was not clear which locations were being targeted.

    It appears to be a twin assault as the city's military barracks and the embassy - which is also near the prime minister's office - are about one kilometre (half a mile) apart, the news site understood.
    Last edited by Paul Iregbenu; 03-02-2018, 07:09 PM.
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