BURKINA FASO’S leaders urged vigilance Saturday, a day after brazen militant attacks on the army headquarters and French Embassy in the capital, which killed eight people.
An Al-Qaeda-linked group based in neighboring Mali claimed responsibility for the assaults.
It was the third attack on Ouagadougou over two years and it was aimed directly at the army’s central command and the heavily guarded embassy, raising concerns that extremists are growing bolder in their assaults on the West African nation.
The attack on the army headquarters narrowly missed a conference of top military leaders, indicating the extremists may have had inside information.
Previous extremist attacks had been on soft targets of restaurants, which caused a greater loss of civilian lives.
Friday’s attacks killed at least eight people, including a senior officer, and left more than 80 injured.
Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore condemned the violence in a speech broadcast to the nation on Saturday.