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Attack on French Embassy in Burkina Faso leaves assailants, soldiers killed

Smoke in Burkina Faso's capital after attacks.
Smoke in Burkina Faso's capital after attacks March 2, 2018. Photo: Ahmed Ouoba / AFP / Getty Images

Unidentified attackers launched an assault on Burkina Faso’s military headquarters Friday, killing 5 people and wounding 50 others, per Reuters. The French Embassy in Ouagadougou was also attacked, where 2 gendarmes were killed, according to Burkina Faso’s government, Reuters reports.

  • What happened: 5 men drove up in a car and began firing on passersby before approaching the French Embassy, per L’Express, a French publication. The French Embassy first announced it was attacked, then later modified its announcement to say it was uncertain if it was attacked.