Police: Restaurant under attack by gunmen in Burkina Faso

Witnesses in Burkina Faso’s capital are reporting gunfire in the downtown area, and authorities say it’s believed that a Turkish restaurant is under attack.

The gunfire began around 9 p.m. Sunday night in Ouagadougou. It was not immediately known whether there were any casualties.

Police spokesman Capt. Guy Ye told The Associated Press that authorities believe a Turkish restaurant in the area came under attack. Other witnesses said an Indian-owned hotel is also nearby.

The reports of gunfire immediately sparked fear in a country where a previous attack by Islamic extremists on a popular restaurant left 30 people dead in January 2016.

Burkina Faso also has seen a surge in militant attacks along its northern border with Mali.

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