BBCI: 'Three dead' in Burkina Faso attack

BBCI: 'Three dead' in Burkina Faso attack

At least two people, including a foreigner, were reportedly injured as suspected Islamist militants attacked a coffee shop near a hotel in central Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina-Faso, and started a gunbattle with the military.

Witnesses said that three armed men arrived in a 4x4 at around 9:30 pm (21:00 GMT) and opened fire on customers seated outside the cafe.

Police and army arrived at the scene and sporadic gunfire could be heard into the night, the journalist said.

Police spokesman Guy Ye told The Associated Press the target of the attack was a Turkish restaurant known as Aziz Istanbul.

Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation in West Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world.

There were no immediate reports of casualties and it was not clear who carried out the attack.

The attack is similar to one in January 2016, when the Splendid Hotel and the nearby Cappucino restaurant, also on Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, were targeted.

A jihadist attack on a cafe nearby left 30 people dead in January a year ago. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for that attack. His association, Ansarul Islam, is now considered a "terrorist group" by Burkina Faso's government.