At least 20 people have died after masked jihadi gunmen attacked a four-star business hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital tonight, amid an ongoing hostage situation. Two car bombs exploded outside the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou’s business district before several gunmen stormed the hotel.
Security forces arrived as the men fired in the air to disperse the gathering crowd and soon engaged in a fierce gunfight with the suspected jihadis as cars burned around them. Witnesses said the attackers claimed to be from ISIS, but a local Al Qaeda affiliated group called AQIM has reportedly claimed the attack on the capital in West Africa, according to SITE Intelligence Group.
In a message posted in Arabic on the militants’ ‘Muslim Africa’ Telegram account, it said fighters had ‘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.’
- At least 20 people have died in the attack on the capital in West Africa
- Eyewitnesses say two car bombs exploded at 7.30pm local time
- Masked gunmen then stormed the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou
- Local media reported at hostages have been taken and several people have died
- Business district hotel is used by UN staff and westerners
- Security forces reportedly exchanged fire with the men at the scene