MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, a group of armed attackers approached the local Istanbul cafe on a motorcycle and opened fire, leaving 18 people dead and another eight injured. The government has designated the shooting as a terror attack.
Burkina Faso's Lefaso online magazine reported, citing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that eight of the victims were identified as foreign nationals. The attack left dead seven Burkinabes and two Kuwaiti nationals along with citizens of France, Canada, Turkey, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Senegal. The remaining three people killed have not yet been identified.
Earlier in the day, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the terror attack and pledged his support to Burkina Faso in their fight against terrorist groups.
In January 2016, several gunmen carried out an attack on the Splendid Hotel and Cafe Cappuccino next to an Istanbul restaurant, killing 30 and wounding at least 56 people.