At least 17 dead, hostages taken in Burkina Faso terror attack

Islamist extremists killed at least 17 people after opening fire Sunday on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence. Monday morning, security forces were still exchanging heavy fire with attackers who were believed to be holding hostages on the first and second floors of the up-market Aziz Istanbul restaurant. Remi Dandjinou, the country’s communications minister, told journalists it was a “terror attack.” Burkina Fasso in western Africa borders on Mali and Niger.

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