Two Canadians killed in Burkina Faso attack

Two Canadians among 18 people killed in Burkina Faso extremist attack

UPDATE: 9:20 a.m.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says two Canadians were among 18 people killed in a suspected extremist attack on a popular restaurant in Burkina Faso.

The incident happened late Sunday when suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the country’s capital.

Freeland says “the heartfelt condolences of our government go out to the loved ones of those targeted and the victims of this tragic attack.”

She says Canadian consular officials are working hard to provide assistance to the families of the victims.

Local authorities say other foreigners killed include two Kuwaitis and one person each from France, Senegal, Nigeria, Lebanon and Turkey.

Seven Burkina Faso citizens were also killed and authorities said three other victims had not yet been identified.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which continued into the early hours Monday.

The attack brought back painful memories of the January 2016 attack at another cafe that left 30 people dead.

Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation in West Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world. It shares a northern border with Mali, which has long battled Islamic extremists.

More coming.

The Associated Press

—-

ORIGINAL:

Burkina Faso’s Foreign Ministry says one Canadian is among 18 killed in a suspected extremist attack on a popular restaurant in the country.

It says other foreigners killed include two Kuwaitis and one person each from France, Senegal, Nigeria, Lebanon and Turkey.

Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the West African country’s capital late Sunday.

Seven Burkina Faso citizens were also killed and authorities said three other victims had not yet been identified.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which continued into the early hours Monday.

Gunfire could be heard almost seven hours after the attack began.

Global Affairs Canada said it was reaching out to Canadian citizens in the area and was ready to provide consular assistance as required.

“Canada strongly condemns the attack,” said spokeswoman Brittany Venhola-Fletcher. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with those affected by the terror attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.”

The attack brought back painful memories of the January 2016 attack at another cafe that left 30 people dead.

Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation in West Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world. It shares a northern border with Mali, which has long battled Islamic extremists.

— with files from the Associated Press.

Just Posted

Police respond to two break-ins

One break-in on Friday may involve missing firearms from the residence

City looking for utility rate committee members

City hall seeking people with residential, agricultural, industrial and commercial backgrounds

Outbreak at Okanagan hospital

Gastrointestinal illness reported at Vernon Jubilee Hospital

21 days for smashing window, stealing phone

The man was arrested and sentenced the same day of the crime at Penticton’s 7-Eleven

Break and enter in Oliver

Tools and clothing taken from Growers Supply Co in Oliver

Video: Strutting their stuff in underwear fashion show fundraiser

Penticton event was a fundraiser to support Discovery House

Horgan says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

B.C. is developing its rules on recreational marijuana

Dedicated volunteers look for clues

Police appreciate work of those who provide extra eyes for missing women investigations.

Truck driver volunteers to take dog lost in B.C. back home to Alberta

Frankie, a pit bull service dog, was found wandering in the Lower Mainland

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

RCMP look to reunite owner with stolen tools

Kelowna police seek to identify the owner of tablet and tools seized by RCMP

Were your hockey cards stolen?

The Kelowna RCMP are looking to reunite a hockey fan with their cards

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Most Read