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    Burkina: Terror attacks cast shadow over 2017

    APA-Ouagadougou (B/Faso)

    Recent terror attacks in Burkina Faso have cast a long shadow over social life and security in the country, as 2017 draws to a close.

    The northern part of the country (Sahel region) has been particularly affected by the attacks, most of which went without any group claiming responsibility.

    Criminals were most active in the province of Soum, adjacent to the town of Djibo.

    This area bordering Mali, witnessed the highest spate of attacks, most of which targeted both government troops and civilians.

    Despite the exceptional deployment of Special Forces (SDS) in the area, attacks have not diminished, prompting some locals, including public servants, to flee the province.

    The capital Ouagadougou has not been spared either.

    On August 13, 2017 the heavily-frequented Aziz Istanbul restaurant on Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, in the heart of the city was the target of an attack which left some 20 people dead and scores injured.

    The victims were of different nationalities.

    So far no group has claimed responsibility for the act.

    On 15 January, 2016 the Burkinabe capital was targeted by terrorists for the first time when about thirty people were killed and many more injured in a hotel.


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