UN chief condemns Ouagadougou terrorist attack

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Burkina Faso gendarmes and army forces patrol the streets in Ouagadougou after gunmen attacked a cafe in the capital.

Burkina Faso gendarmes and army forces patrol the streets in Ouagadougou after gunmen attacked a cafe in the capital.

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Burkina Faso gendarmes and army forces patrol the streets in Ouagadougou after gunmen attacked a cafe in the capital.

Burkina Faso gendarmes and army forces patrol the streets in Ouagadougou after gunmen attacked a cafe in the capital.

NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General Antnio Guterres condemned Sunday’s terrorists’ attack in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou.

Eighteen people were killed and a dozen injured when jihadists attacked a Turkish restaurant.

Among the dead were eight foreigners, including a Frenchman, a Canadian woman, two Kuwaiti women and male victims from Senegal, Niger, Lebanon and Turkey.

Three of the attackers were killed by the country's security forces later on Sunday. 

In a statement on Tuesday, Guterres extended his heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Burkina Faso and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

The UN chief stressed that there could be no justification for such acts of indiscriminate violence.

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He reiterated the support of the UN to Burkina Faso in its fight against violent extremism and terrorism.

“He also reaffirms the Organisation's commitment to the countries of the G5 Sahel as they scale up efforts to tackle multiple security challenges in order to promote peace and development in the sub-region,” concluded the statement.

Guterres was referring to the so-called Group of Five (G5) countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – that have deployed a joint force to tackle the threat of terrorism, as well as the serious challenges posed by transnational organised crime in Africa's restive Sahel region.