United Nations Condemns Burkina Faso Terrorist Attacks

Life is gradually returning to normal in the capital of Burkina Faso, 24 hours after militants struck the heart of Ouagadougou killing at least 16 people.Shops, banks and other business hubs located in the city center which was shut down as the attacks unfolded, reopened on Saturday.

France, the former colonial power in the Sahel region, has deployed 4,000 troops and is supporting a five-country joint force gathering Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

He further added that the attack might has been planned to target a meeting of the G5 Sahel which was underway in the military headquarters.

Burkina Faso is among a group of five Sahel countries, together known as the G5, which are facing complex interconnected security and development challenges.

The French Foreign Ministry later said the situation near the embassy had stabilized.

It has positioned itself as the al-Qaida branch in Mali, and Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, and has also claimed attacks in Mali and Niger.

People on Saturday flocked around the headquarters and the French Embassy to view the damage.

Paul Kaba Thieba met with the army chief at the army headquarters, where the assault killed at least six soldiers, including a senior officer.

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Information Minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou said the attack "has strong overtones of terrorism".

Its members "expressed their solidarity with Burkina Faso in its fight against terrorism and stressed the need to intensify regional and global efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism".

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Yousef al-Othaimeen described the attacks as a "criminal act", appealing to the local authorities to make every effort to arrest the perpetrators and those supporting them, and bring them to justice.

Other witnesses said there was an explosion near the headquarters of the Burkinabe armed forces and the French cultural centre, which are located about a km from the site of the first attack.

This has continued to deal harsh "blows" to the economy of some of the poorest people in the world.

Burkina Faso has a history of military-backed coups as well as of jihadist attacks.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has condemned a series of terrorist attacks in the downtown of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on Friday, UAE News Agency (WAM) reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but previous attacks were conducted by allies of al Qaeda in reprisal for Burkina Faso's participation in a regional fight against Islamist militants. There was no claim of responsibility.


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