Newlywed Cambridge University student killed in Burkina Faso terror attack

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A newlywed Cambridge University student was killed during a terrorist attack in poverty-stricken Burkina Faso.

Tammy Chen, 34, was at the Aziz Istanbul restaurant in the capital, Ouagadougou, when suspected Islamic extremists opened fire on dining patrons on Sunday.

The “exceptional” PHD student was one of 18 killed in the devastating attack, which also left at least 22 wounded.

It is believed she was pregnant when she died, according to the Cambridge News. 

Her husband Mehsen Fenaiche is also thought to have died in the attack, the newspaper reported.

Ms Chen, who was originally from Canada, was studying for a doctorate in international development at Gonville and Caius college, and is believed to have been visiting the impoverished West African nation for a charity trip with her husband.

Tammy Chen (right) and her husband Mehsen Fenaiche were killed in the attack (Facebook)

A statement issued by the college on Tuesday said that the entire Caius community were “shocked and devastated” at the news of her death.

Caius graduate tutor Dr Jonathan Evans said she was “a bright and enthusiastic student, and a warm and compassionate human being”.

He added: “She was determined to pursue her goals, undaunted by difficult and challenging circumstances, and driven by a constant desire to help others. 

“Tammy enriched the life of everyone she met.”

It was the second terrorist atrocity to have rocked Burkina Faso in less than two years, after jihadists killed 30 people in a similar attack at the nearby Cappuccino cafe last year.


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