French Embassy under attack in Burkina Faso

French Embassy under attack in Burkina Faso

Paris (Web Desk): French embassy in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, said on Friday it is under attack and urged its citizens to stay wherever they were.

A French official in Paris confirmed that an attack against the embassy was under way, as well as an attack on the Burkina Faso army headquarters.

The attack has been launched with witnesses reporting hearing gunfire, men storming a building and a huge explosion that send plumes of smoke billowing into the sky

The attack on the embassy and the French institute in Ouagadougou was ongoing, the French embassy said on its website, without giving further details. The army has been deployed to the sites where the gunfire broke out, government spokesman Remis Dandjinou said by phone.

There were also reports of fires at several locations in central Ouagadougou, broadcaster Burkina24 reported on its Facebook page, saying the situation was unclear. The U.S. embassy in the city said on its Twitter account it advised residents to seek shelter.

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