The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, leant with great dismay about the terrorist attacks yesterday, in various locations in Burkina Faso, against a military post in Tin Akof and against a hotel and a restaurant in the capital, Ouagadougou.
The Chairperson of the Commission strongly condemned the despicable and cowardly terrorist attacks that caused many casualties and injuries among the civilian population and the Defence and Security Forces. On behalf of the AU, she presents her heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes speedy recovery to the injured and expresses the full solidarity of the AU with the people and the Government of Burkina Faso.
Amnesty International had this to day, “The perpetrators of the horrific attack in Ouagadougou on Friday night which deliberately killed and injured dozens of people from many nationalities and religions, show an utter disregard for fundamental principles of humanity,” said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International West Africa director.
“Over the last 15 months the people of Burkina Faso have shown enormous courage and determination in peacefully protecting their constitution, facing down a coup d’état and electing a new government. Their resilience in doing so will help ensure they protect their rights and freedoms again.”
Reaction from Belgian
Meanwhile, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, have condemned the terrorist attacks. The Ministers have offered their condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the people and the government of Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso is a new partner country of the Belgian development cooperation and Minister De Croo visited the country in the beginning of this month to emphasize this partnership.
The two Ministers express their support for President Roch Kaboré and his government. The democratic elections in November 2015 and the start of the new government brought hope for progress after a difficult transition period.
Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo hope that the efforts of the new Burkinabe government to attract investment will not be affected by these attacks. Belgium will continue to support Burkina Faso in its economic development and in its fight against terrorism.