Leila was shot twice, in the leg and thorax, but was quickly taken to hospital and was initially in a stable condition following an operation. A medical evacuation was being prepared when she suffered a fatal heart attack.
Leila was a talented French-Moroccan photographer who had been sent to Burkina Faso by Amnesty International to carry out a photographic assignment focusing on women’s rights.
“Amnesty International’s absolute priority is to ensure the best possible support for Mahamadi and Leila’s families. The organization’s representatives are at the hospital liaising with her family, doctors and all necessary officials,” a statement read.
Mahamadi and Leila were parked outside the Cappucino cafe, opposite the Hotel Splendid when the attack occurred.
“The organisation condemns the vicious attack on civilians in Ouagadougou, which has killed and injured dozens of people of many nationalities and faiths.”
For more on the attacks, see: World condemns terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou.