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Attack reported in Burkina Faso capital

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou City Hall, known as Mairie or Hotel de Ville de Ouagadougou, and the Ecobank building across.

Gunfire and an explosion have been heard near the army headquarters and the French embassy in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou.

Witnesses have reported seeing armed men getting out of a car and opening fire, according to AFP news agency.

Pictures from the scene showed a cloud of black smoke rising into the sky. It is not yet clear who is behind the apparent attack.

“An attack is under way,” the French ambassador tweeted.

The US embassy in the city has advised people to seek shelter.

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