Turkey president condemns terror attack in Burkina Faso

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

By Diana Rose Wairumbi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Friday’s terror attacks in Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou. 80 people were wounded, three people suffered serious injuries. .

Erdogan discussed the attacks during the final stop of his African tour in Bamako,Mali on Friday. He reiterated his support for Mali in the fight against jihadist armed groups.

“Unfortunately, terrorism has once again been bloody in Burkina Faso, and we strongly condemn the terrorist attacks that took place in Ouagadougou,” Erdogan stated during a press briefing.

“I know that Mali has suffered a lot from terrorism, we know this suffering because we have lived it, we are living it, so we are ready to support you in this regard as we have done in the past’’,  the Turkish president added.

During his visit, Erdogan Turkey will contribute $5 million to fund the G5 Sahel military force’s efforts against jihadist groups in the region.  Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Chad help make up the group.

Friday’s attack that hit the General Staff of the Armed Forces in Ouagadougou came from a car bomb and was aimed at a meeting of the G5 Sahel, said Clement Sawadogo the Burkinabe Minister of Security.