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One Canadian killed in Burkina Faso restaurant attack

One Canadian killed in Burkina Faso restaurant attack
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One Canadian has been killed in an attack at an upscale Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Fasos Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire on crowds dining at a restaurant popular with tourists in the West African countrys capital Ouagadougou on Sunday evening.

Eighteen people died and at least eight others were wounded in the attack, according to Communications Minister and government spokesperson Remy Danguinou. He said the dead were mainly children and women.

The victims are of several different nationalities, including two Kuwaitis and one person each from France, Senegal, Nigeria, Lebanon and Turkey, the foreign ministry said. Seven citizens from Burkina Faso were also killed in the attack.

Authorities said three other victims had yet to be identified.

In a statement emailed to CTV News, Global Affairs Canada said they were reaching out to Canadian citizens in the area and were ready to provide consular assistance as required.

The countrys special forces eventually ended the violence after a gun battle that lasted well into the early hours of Monday morning. Two of the assailants were killed by security forces, Danguinou said.

At least three members of Burkina Fasos security forces were injured during the nearly seven-hour fight, said Capt. Guy Ye, a spokesperson for the security forces.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence.

The assault is reminiscent of a January 2016 attack at another caf frequented by foreigners that left 30 people dead. That attack was claimed by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and a jihadist group called Al Mourabitoun.
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