OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) - Extremists struck the French Embassy and army headquarters in simultaneous attacks of gunfire and explosives Friday in Burkina Faso's capital, killing eight people and wounding more than 80 others.
Friday's twin attacks on the French embassy and the country's military headquarters in the capital saw seven soldiers killed, which was a new toll after eight had previously been declared dead.
Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports from Ouagadougou.
"The vehicle was packed with explosives" and caused "huge damage", Security Minister Clement Sawadogo said. His association, Ansarul Islam, is considered a terrorist group by Burkina Faso's government.
No one inside the embassy was harmed, but a gendarme and the four attackers were killed, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in televised remarks.
At the start of the Friday attacks, witnesses said, armed men got out of a auto and opened fire on passers-by before heading to the embassy. The attacks marked the third time in about two years that the capital, Ouagadougou, has come under co-ordinated assaults by jihadists.
Five of the extremists were killed at the embassy and at least three were killed near the army headquarters, officials said.
Paul Koalaga, a security consultant in Burkina Faso, said the attacks involved a "crescendo". Forces backed by the French military have failed to capture Dicko. "Targets could include hotels, restaurants, police stations, customs offices, military posts, and schools".
That meeting had been moved to a different room, otherwise the death toll could have been far higher.
"Perhaps it was the target".
The G5 Sahel's completed force will be composed of 5,000 troops and aims to be fully operational by the end of the month.
French President Emmanuel Macron offered his condolences, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is on a visit to neighbouring Mali, "strongly condemned" the attack while United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called for an "urgent and concerted effort" to improve stability in the Sahel.
The G5 Sahel is a coalition of Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Chad, of which the main goal is fighting terrorist groups in the region. The various insurgencies in the region have caused thousands of deaths in addition to making tens of thousands of people flee their homes.