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Eight arrested after Burkina Faso double attack

Burkina Faso

<p><strong>Burkinabe authorities have made arrests after the start of investigations following attacks on the French and staff of the armed forces.</strong></p> <p>“Eight people were arrested and held in police custody, more than sixty people were interrogated either as victims or witnesses,” a prosecutor said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Maïza Séremé added that two serving military officers were among the arrested including one had been terminated.</p> <p>The authorities also believe they have one of the masterminds of this double attack. It is attributed to a jihadist organization known as the “Islamic and Muslim Support Group”.</p> <p>Séremé, said, “they all carried on their foreheads or had white bands on which were written in Arabic the following expression – translated as – there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger.”</p> <p>Authorities said they cannot rule out any possibility at this stage of investigations and are looking for accomplices. </p> <p>Court will release portraits of the suspected attackers to help identify them, in addition to an earlier call for witnesses to volunteer information.</p> <p>An investigation has been opened in connection with terrorist crimes, assassinations and attempted murders.</p>
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