Witnesses say three gunmen arrived at a Turkish restaurant in a pickup truck on Sunday and opened fire on customers seated outside.

The government then launched a counter-assault, with gunfire heard into the night.

“A terrorist attack at Istanbul restaurant on Ouagadougou’s Kwame Nkrumah Avenue claimed 17 victims, their nationalities are yet to be confirmed,” a government statement said, adding that 12 people had been injured.

Communication minister, Remis Dandjinou said it was not clear how many assailants were involved.

“They are confined to one part of the building they attacked. Security and elite forces are conducting an operation,” he said on television.

A paramedic said that one of the victims was a Turkish national.

The hotel and cafe attack came weeks after jihadists claimed an assault on a top hotel in Bamako, capital of neighbouring Mali, that left 20 people dead.

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