Gunmen attack Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso capital

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Seventeen people were killed and nine others wounded after a number of assailants attacked a cafe in Burkina Faso around 9 p.m. local time Sunday (5 p.m. ET), according to state-run media RTB.

Gunmen attacked the Aziz Istanbul restaurant late on Sunday and security forces were deployed to try to end the attack.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which continued early Monday and brought back painful memories of a January 2016 attack at a cafe that left 30 people dead. It's not known how many attackers are involved. "Security and elite forces are conducting an operation", he said on television.

"We evacuated 11 people but one of them, a Turk, died on arriving at hospital", the paramedic said, declining to be named.

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The mayor of Ouagadougou and government ministers were on the scene, he added.

In December 2016 a dozen soldiers were killed in an assault on their base in the north of the country.

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An armoured vehicle opens fire in the direction of a restaurant following an attack by gunmen on the restaurant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in this still frame taken from video August 13, 2017.

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