Extremists Killed in Attack on French Embassy in Burkina Faso

The EU funding boost comes as Burkina Faso Chad Mali Mauritania and Niger whose leaders attended a February 6 G5 Sahel summit in Niger strive to tackle what one EU official warned is a

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the 2016 killings along with the jihadist group known as Al Mourabitoun.

A French diplomatic source quoted by Agence France-Presse said the situation at the embassy was now under control. Two attackers were also captured on Friday.

It was unclear whether these figures applied to one or to both attacks.

French special forces helped kill the assailants at the French Embassy, Security Minister Sawadogo said.

Those killed were all security personnel, Security Minister Clement Sawadogo said during a Friday news conference in Ouagadougou.

Inhabitants of Ouagadougou are still to recover from shock after militants carried out simultaneous attacks on Friday morning on the military headquarters of Burkina Faso and the French Embassy in Ouagadougou.

The Mauritanian news agency Alakhbar says the militant group Jama Nusrat Ul-Islam wa Al-Muslimin issued a message late today saying it was behind the attacks. No one has claimed responsibility for the violence.

Several attackers at the French Embassy in Burkina Faso have been "neutralized" according to a statement from the government.

Local residents were left to wonder how their country remained vulnerable to such attacks.

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French forces based in the country have also been deployed.

Five countries - Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Mali and Mauritania - launched a new taskforce previous year to tackle Islamist militants in the arid Sahel region, to which global donors have committed half a billion dollars.

This is the third major assault on Ouagadougou in the past two years.

The Paris prosecutor's office said it has opened a preliminary attempted murder investigation into the attack because the embassy was among the targets, a French judicial official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the media identified.

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said in a statement: "Our country was once again the target of dark forces".

"Nothing, absolutely nothing, can justify such indiscriminate fury against the Burkinabe state, its institutions and the courageous people who love peace, democracy, justice and progress", he said.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has expressed the AU's solidarity with the people and government of Burkina Faso in these hard circumstances, according to a statement from the pan-African bloc.

However, France's ambassador to Burkina Faso, Xavier Lapdecab, urged people via Twitter to act with "absolute precaution" as the attack is ongoing.

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