Terror attack in Burkina Faso's capital

Sunday’s terror act against a restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, which claimed 20 human lives, bears resemblance with an attack by terror group Aqim in 2016, according to NAI researcher Cristiano Lanzano.

The mode of operation resembles an attack last January on a hotel and café in Ouagadougou ,where 30 people died, and which al-Qaida’s North-African branch Aqim claimed responsibility, Lanzano says in an interview with Swedish news agency TT on Monday.

Lanzano, who is specialised in the mining sector in Burkina Faso, notes that both acts were committed by a small group of individuals targeting a place frequented by both locals and foreigners.

Burkina Faso has seen a number of Islamist attacks in recent years, committed in the northern region against schools and local authorities. However, there are no indications of substantial support for the groups among the general population, according to Lanzano.

“The attacks in Burkina Faso can be seen as part of a strategy by Aqim, and other jihadist groups, to increase their presence and power in the whole West-African region”, he says.  

Interview by Swedish national television (SVT)

"I would be very surprised if it's not Aqim who is behind the attack.", says NAI researcher Jesper Bjarnesen.

The clip starts approximately 11.40 minutes into to news programme, SVT Play opens in new window.

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