Burkina Faso will tighten security around foreign embassies after Morocco’s ambassador to Ouagadougou was attacked on Thursday, government spokesman Ousseni Tamboura said Saturday.
“The Burkinabe government is reassuring the entire diplomatic corps in Burkina Faso that steps are being taken to strengthen security around embassies and in the residence areas” of diplomats, Tamboura said in a statement, without elaborating on the measures.
The decision comes two days after Moroccan Ambassador Youssef Slaoui attacked the Moroccan ambassador in Ouagadougou.
Assaulted with a close associate, Mr. Slaoui, who had been “hit in the head, was taken to a clinic in the square from which he has already left,” according to a diplomatic source.
No information has been released on the circumstances of the attack, with both the Burkinabe government and the Moroccan embassy, asked by AFP, declining to comment.
President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré condemned the incident in a message to Morocco’s ambassador, according to Tamboura.
Burkina Faso, a Sahelian country bordering Mali and Niger in particular, has been facing jihadist and inter-communal violence since 2015 that has left more than 1,200 people dead and more than a million displaced.
After the attack, embassies, mainly Western (France, the United States, Germany), had increased the security of their diplomatic enclaves.
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