Gunmen attack Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso capital: Reuters witness

Witnesses said that three armed men arrived in a 4x4 at around 9:30 pm (21:00 GMT) and opened fire on customers seated outside the cafe.

The city centre has been sealed off by the army, and the U.S. embassy in Ouagadougou has warned its citizens to avoid the area.

The northern border region is now the home of a local preacher, Ibrahim Malam Dicko, who radicalised and has claimed recent deadly attacks against troops and civilians.

Islamic extremists attacked another restaurant in Ouagadougou, which is in the centre of the West African country, in January past year, killing 30 people.

Two locations, Hotel Bravia and the Istanbul Restaurant, appear to have been at the centre of the attack. The other people hospitalised are reported to be in a critical condition. The Splendid was the target of the January 15, 2016 terrorist attack, in which Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants cold-bloodedly shot or took hostage some 200 people. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for that attack.

Burkina Faso is part of the Sahel region, which includes Mali where Islamist groups have been active since 2012.

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