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Ouaga attacks: Ivory Coast denies closing border

The Ivorian government has issued a statement categorically denying claims on social media that it has closed its border with neighbouing Burkina Faso after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou which killed 16 people.“On behalf of the President of the Republic Alassane Ouattara, I would like to make a formal denial of these allegations,” the Ivorian Minister of the Interior and Security, Sidiki Diakité said in a statement on national television.

Mr. Diakité reassured Ivorians that security measures have been made in response to the circumstances in Burkina Faso and advised them to go about their daily business peacefully.

“The Ivorian government is extending its solidarity and compassion to the brotherly people of Burkina Faso,” he said.

Just before mid-day on Friday, the French embassy and the headquarters of the Burkinabe army chief of staff in Ouagadougou were attacked by armed militants.

According to official figures 16 people were killed including eight Burkinabe soldiers and a similar number of attackers.

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