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Terrorists kill 18 in Burkina Faso cafe attack
In a tragic terrorist attack, Islamist extremists opened fire at a Turkish cafe in Burkina Faso. As of now, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack. It was reported that the sound of gunshots could be heard for seven hours after the attack.

It was only on late Monday morning that reports surfaced of the attack being over after the gunmen were killed. The attack that took place on Sunday has left 18 people dead.

As per a report in CBS News, the attackers arrived at the cafe on motorcycles and opened indiscriminate fire. 

Burkina Faso is a country located in West Africa and is reported to be one of the poorest countries in the world.

The people who have lost their lives are from different nationalities but the nationality of one of them has been confirmed and he is a Turkish citizen, as per news reports. This has also been confirmed by the Turkey's foreign ministry.

While it has not yet been ascertained by the authorities, a Turkish cafe named Aziz Istanbul was the centre of the attack. Given the weekend, the restaurant that is popular with foreigners for its cakes and pastries had a decent crowd when the assailants struck.

Both the assailants were killed by the security forces. What is even more shocking is that the security took more than an hour to launch a counter attack on the assailants.

This is similar to the attack of January, 2016 on the Splendid Hotel and the Cappuccino restaurant which is barely 200m away from the site of the present attack. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) group had claimed responsibility for that attack in which more than 170 people were taken hostage and 30 were left dead.

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