Attackers in Burkina Faso's capital killed eight people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated assault on the army headquarters and French embassy that France's foreign minister said was likely carried out by "terrorist groups".
Four of the suspects were killed at the embassy while at least two others were also killed at the military headquarters, Burkina Faso's Information Minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou confirmed on state TV.
Burkina Faso's national police warned people to move away from areas around the "vicinity of the Prime Ministry - and the United Nations roundabout" in a post on its Facebook page.
The statement expressed the deep condolences of the UAE to the families of victims and wished quick recovery to those injured.
The attackers, whose identities remained unclear as at the time of filing this report, apparently targeted Army Headquarters, French Embassy in Ouagadougou and Mr. Kaba Thieba's office.
Defense and security forces responded to the attacks, police said, and barricades were set up.
The Paris prosecutor's office has opened a preliminary investigation into attempted murder because the French Embassy was among targets of the attack, a judicial official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to be publicly named.
Gunfire and explosions have now subsided and people have been seen leaving offices near the attacks. In 2016, about 30 people were killed when Islamist extremists attacked a cafeteria in the capital. The French Foreign Ministry later said the situation near the embassy had stabilized.
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Paul Kaolaga, a terrorism analyst with the Strategic Network on Security in the Sahel, said the military, supported by French special forces, had brought both attack scenes under control. They also set fire to the truck, the witnesses added.
"At the army headquarters a G5 Sahel meeting was supposed to take place" said Sawadogo.
The statement urged people to keep calm and avoid areas where there might be gunfire.
Macron, who spoke to President Kabore by phone, condemned the attack and said Paris was fully committed to the region, where France has some 4,500 soldiers as part of a counter-terrorism force since it intervened against militants in Mali in 2013.
Ouagadougou has been attacked by Islamic extremists targeting foreigners at least twice in the past few years.
That attack was claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Murabitoun group, which was led by one-eyed Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Forces backed by the French military have failed to capture Dicko.
The West African nation has been exposed to Islamist violence emanating from Mali and suffered several attacks in recent years.