A SUSPECTED key figure in the deadly Burkina Faso attacks has been arrested, a government source said today. Eight attackers were also killed in Friday's bloody assault.
He said it was not clear how many militants staged the assaults in both locations and others may be on the run.
People on Saturday flocked around the headquarters and the French embassy to view the damage.
Special law enforcement agencies including four French investigators are expected in the capital on Sunday to conduct a thorough investigation into Friday's double attack, government sources told AFP.
Mahamadou Issoufou, Niger's president and the current chair of the group, said Friday's attacks "will only strengthen the resolve of the G5-Sahel and its allies in the fight against terrorism".
"In this hard moment I want to reaffirm to Africa and to the whole world my unassailable faith in the ability of the Burkinabé people to preserve their dignity and put up a strong resistance to its enemies both inside and outside", he said.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said there was no doubt it was an act of terrorism.
At least eight assailants and eight security personnel were killed, the military said.
Burkina is a former French colony and, like several others countries in west and central Africa, retains close security and trade links with Paris. Burkina Faso is one of five countries in the Sahel contributing to the so-called G5 force in the region battling extremists.
Othaimeen also reiterated the organization's firm rejection of all forms of terrorism and extremism, and he expressed the OIC's solidarity with the government of Burkina Faso in its efforts to counter terrorism.
Turkey's president 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. Two gendarmes died at the French embassy.
A Reuters reporter saw an ambulance entering the army compound.
This has continued to deal harsh "blows" to the economy of some of the poorest people in the world. At least 80 people were injured.
Nine jihadists were killed by law enforcement during the attacks that have since been claimed by Al Qaeda affiliate Jama'a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM).