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At least 17 people have been killed and 8 others wounded in an alleged terrorist attack in the centre of the capital of the African nation of Burkina Faso on Sunday.
According to reports, 3 gunmen opened fire on customers seated outside a hotel and restaurant in the busy Kwame Nkrumah Avenue of Burkina Faso's capital city of Ouagadougou's busy Kwame Nkrumah Avenue.
"The attack claimed 17 victims, their nationalities are yet to be confirmed, and eight injured," a government statement said.
A city hospital, however, confirmed that one of those killed was Turkish.
The city centre has been sealed off by the Army and the local US Embassy has warned its citizens to avoid the area.
A terrorist attack on another cafe on the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue in January 2016, the Splendid Hotel and the nearby Cappucino restaurant had resulted in the death of 30 people, while more than 170 people had been held hostage.
Al-Qaida had claimed responsibility for the January 2016 attack and the recent attack is also suspected to have been carried out by one of the affiliates of Al Qaida that are active in the Sahel region.
Burkina Faso falls under the Sahel region, which includes Mali where Islamist groups have been active since 2012.