Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the capital of Burkina Faso late Sunday, killing at least 18 people in the second such attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the last two years. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which continued into the early hours Monday, the AP reports. Gunfire could be heard almost seven hours after the attack began. In addition to those killed, eight others were wounded, the country's communications Minister told journalists. Two of the attackers were also killed, he said. The victims were of several different nationalities, he said. At least one of the dead was French and another was Turkish.
Security forces arrived at the scene with armored vehicles after reports of shots fired near Aziz Istanbul, an upscale restaurant in Ouagadougou. Three or four assailants arrived at the restaurant on motorcycles and then began shooting randomly at the crowds dining Sunday evening, police say. The landlocked West African nation shares a border with Mali. The border region is now the home of a radicalized preacher, Ibrahim Malam Dicko, who has claimed responsibility for recent deadly attacks against troops and civilians. His association, Ansarul Islam, is now considered a terrorist group by Burkina Faso's government. In January 2016, an attack on a hotel in Ouagadougou left 30 people dead.