Two Canadians are among 18 people murdered in a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso. The dead are reportedly mostly women and children.
According to reports, the attackers drove by a restaurant on motorcycles and shot randomly into a crowd.
In addition to the two fallen Canadian citizens, two Kuwaitis, and citizens from France, Nigeria, Senegal, Turkey, and Lebanon were killed. Seven citizens of Burkina Faso lost their lives in the attack.
While no claim of responsibility has been issued, a similar attack on a cafe took place in 2016. 30 people were killed in a brutal massacre, and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb took responsibility for the killings.
As noted by the Associated Press, Burkina Faso is facing an increasingly dangerous threat from Islamist extremists:
“The northern border region is now the home of a local preacher, Ibrahim Malam Dicko, who radicalized and has claimed responsibility for recent deadly attacks against troops and civilians. His association, Ansarul Islam, is now considered a terrorist group by Burkina Faso’s government.”
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