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UN condemns terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso

Secretary-General António Guterres. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

Deadly attacks leave 16 dead

March 05, 2018

Staff Reporter

Ougadougou, Burkina Faso: The United Nations(UN) has strongly condemned the two deadly terrorist attacks that took place at Ougadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital on March 02, 2018.

The attacks against the country’s military headquarters and the French Embassy resulted in 16 deaths.

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on a phone call with UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed solidarity with the country’s Government, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.

The UN chief encouraged that the authorities launch an investigation into the incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.

He also expressed his profound sympathy to the families of the victims in addition to wishing a speedy and full recovery to the injured.

Guterres reiterated the UN’s commitment to support the country in its efforts to tackle violent extremism and terrorism. As well as create the conditions for sustainable peace and development.

Burkina Faso is among a group of five Sahel countries, together known as the G five, which are facing complex interconnected security and development challenges.

The others are Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

“The Secretary-General renews his call for an urgent and concerted effort by the international community in support of the countries in the region to tackle, in a holistic manner, the peace and security, development and humanitarian challenges affecting the

Sahel, including through the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel and the full operationalization of the G5 Sahel Joint Force,” read the statement.

The members of the UN Security Council have also condemned the attacks in the strongest terms, describing them as “barbaric and cowardly.”

The Council has issued a statement underlining that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, “regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”

The 15 ambassadors expressed their solidarity with Burkina Faso in its fight against terrorism and also emphasised the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism.

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