Burkina Faso attack: video of jihadis sparks anger about security response

Video footage has emerged showing two jihadis standing next to burning cars more than an hour after a fatal assault on a hotel and cafe in Burkina Faso’s capital, raising new questions about why it took so long for security forces to arrive.

The video shot by the Associated Press shows a man wearing a tunic and turban, carrying what appears to be a Kalashnikov rifle about 8.45pm, a little over an hour after they first attacked the Cappuccino Cafe in Ouagadougou. A second armed man can be seen wearing a large vest, and they are later joined by a third man with a pale scarf on his head. Explosions can be heard in the distance.

  • lolwut?

    It’s a country run by Africans…. pretty simple

  • I am surprised that The Guardian is surprised. The attack took place in Africa, where most countries are fucked up beyond repair. The most surprising thing in Ouagadougou was that the security forces showed up at all,

    • Canadian

      My surprise was that they could afford security forces!

  • simus1

    In third world backwaters like this one, the security forces and police are usually highly attuned to the safety requirements of the ruling elites and perhaps some side issues involving large amounts of foreign hard currency.
    A bunch of foreigners getting shot up at some downtown venue would be a big break in the usual routine but hardly pull out all the stops earthshaking.

  • Millie_Woods

    Nothing could be done until the white men arrived. In this case it was French special forces who were guarding the local French embassy that showed up, armed with normal IQ’s.

  • Spatchcocked

    As Pinker says….see no genes speak no genes hear no genes.

  • Spatchcocked

    It’s Cecil Rhodes fault…..

  • canminuteman

    How competent do you expect anyone to be in a place called Ouagadougou?