At least 18 people have been killed after gunmen attacked a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital. Police said that “three or four” gunmen pulled up on motorbikes at the Aziz Istanbul restaurant in Ouagadougou at around 9.30pm on Sunday local time.
Then they started randomly shooting at customers. A witness reported seeing people running out of the restaurant as police and paramilitary forces surrounded it. Three of the attackers were later killed by security forces, said Burkina Faso’s communications minister Remis Dandjinou, who described the incident as a “terrorist attack”.
The police operation continued for hours, ending on Monday morning. Gunfire could be heard almost seven hours after the attack began. The victims were of several different nationalities, including at least one French citizen and one Turkish national was also among those killed, Turkey’s foreign ministry said. At least eight people were injured in the attack.