UN chief condemns attacks in Burkina Faso
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday strongly condemned an attacks on army headquarters and the French Embassy in Burkina Faso, his spokesman said, Xinhua reported.
Guterres is closely following the news and is concerned over the reported casualties and injuries, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
Islamic extremists opened fire on the French Embassy and army headquarters in separate attacks in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on Friday, killing at least seven soldiers.
The UN chief spoke briefly by phone with the president of Burkina Faso, Dujarric told a daily press briefing. "We are in contact with the authorities, to whom we have expressed our solidarity."
He said the secretary-general has asked Special Representative of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, to travel to Burkina Faso as soon as possible to personally express the United Nations' solidarity to the government and people of Burkina Faso.