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Vol 58 No 19

Published 22nd September 2017

Burkina Faso

Own goal in Ouaga?

Responsibility for the August atrocity in Ouagadougou remains unclaimed. Jihadists may have hit the wrong target

The assault on the Aziz Istanbul restaurant on 13 August which claimed 20 lives remains shrouded in confusion. A Special Forces detachment, the Unité spéciale d'intervention de la gendarmerie nationale (USI-GN), killed the two assailants in the early hours of the next day. Public prosecutor Maïza Sérémé has ordered an enquiry into the terrorists and their possible accomplices but no light has so far been thrown on the incident. Normally, the organisations which sponsor such attacks would have claimed responsibility by now, but instead of clarity there has only been silence and theorising.

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