TWO gendarmerie personnel were killed when Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) militants attacked the French embassy in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on 2 March, Al-Jazeera and Reuters reported. Four militants were killed in retaliatory fire. Simultaneously, militants detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) at military headquarters before militants on foot attacked the building in the capital, which killed five soldiers and wounded 64 others. The SVBIED attack reportedly targeted a building hosting a meeting of the G5 Sahel force. Two suspected militants were arrested by security forces following the attacks in undisclosed locations. JNIM claimed responsibility for the attacks, claiming that they were in response to the killing of six JNIM commanders by French security forces on 15 February in Mali and Algeria.