Al-Qaeda attack on Burkina Faso hotel kills 20

Al-Qaeda attack on Burkina Faso hotel kills 20

Al-Qaeda attack on Burkina Faso hotel kills 20

Written by Staff Writer

16 Jan, 2016 | 1:37 pm

An ongoing hostage situation was being reported at the captital of Burkina Faso in a hotel in the city center of Ouagadougou, after at least three armed turbaned men began shooting at a restaurant and a hotel frequently used by Westerners and UN staff.

Terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

The attackers broke into a restaurant of one of the biggest hotels in the capital of Burkina Faso, and are now entrenched and the clashes are continuing with the enemies of the religion, AP cites a message posted in Arabic on the militants’ “Muslim Africa’” Telegram account as saying.

Some 100-150 people are believed to have been in the hotel and restaurant at the time of the attack, according to witnesses speaking to media.

Minister, Remis Dandjinou noted that a total of 63 hostages have been freed from the Splendid Hotel, Burkina Faso’s Communication. He added that Burkina Faso’s Labour Minister, Clement Sawadogo, was among those rescued.

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