Seventeen people have been killed with another eight being wounded by three gunmen according to witnesses at the small cafe in Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. The city center has already been sealed off by the army and the US embassy there has warned citizens to stay away from the area of the attack. Last year, a Jihadist attack on a near-bye cafe left thirty people dead in January making the area is no stranger to violence.
The Communication Minister REmis Dandjinou could not say how many assailants were involved at the time of his statement but he did have this to say, "they are confined to one part of the building they attacked. Security and elite forces are conducting an operation". The shooting occurred shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Sunday night on the busy street of Kwame Knrumah Avenue in Ouagadougou. Two locations appear to have been attacked in particular Hotel Bravia and the Aziz Istanbul Restaurant.
A government statement quoted by the AFP news agency said, "the attack claimed 17 victims, their nationalities are yet to be confirmed, and eight injured." It is unclear which nationalities the victims were but the attack bears a striking resembling to one that occurred last year in January. That attack occurred at the nearby Cappuccino Restaurant and Splendid Hotel, also located on the same street as today's senseless, violent attack. The attack last year was claimed by Al Qaeda but no one has come forward to claim responsibility for this evenings attack at this time.