terrorist takeover of the luxury Splendid hotel in the Burkina Faso
capital is over, with all three militants reportedly killed and 126
hostages freed. The number of victims of the assault has not yet been
calculated, but no less than 23 are presumed dead.
Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has announced that
death toll” from
the attack has reached 23.
French ambassador to Burkina Faso, Gilles Thibault, says that the
number of dead has reached 27.
killed in the attack included people of 18 different nationalities,
Interior Minister Compaore said.
Minister Simon Compaore told AFP that altogether 126 people have been
rescued from the Splendid hotel, with three attackers reportedly
killed in Splendid hotel.
jihadists were killed. They were an Arab and two black
fourth Al-Qaeda militant taking part in the assault has been killed
in the Hotel Yibi, which is situated not far from the Splendid hotel,
Reuters reports, citing an unnamed gendarme office.
source also said there were two women among the four assailants
upper floors of the Splendid hotel seized by the terrorists have been
rigged with explosive, a senior gendarme officer told Reuters.
making our job more difficult is that they've rigged the access to
the upper floors,” the
Burkinabe officer said, on condition of anonymity on Saturday.
group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has claimed
responsibility for the attack, according to SITE Intelligence Group.
attackers broke into a restaurant of one of the biggest hotels in the
capital of Burkina Faso, AP cited a message posted in Arabic on the
militants' “Muslim Africa'” Telegram account as saying.
groups of security forces, reportedly local law enforcement and
French special service personnel, were taking part in the
assault to neutralize the terrorists inside the hotel. Both groups
entered the hotel through lobby partly set on fire.
and French soldiers were seen gathering on the scene before the
counter-assault began, according to local reporters who tweeted out
pictures of special forces by the hotel.
are some 75 American troops in Burkina Faso, of them 15 are assigned
to the US embassy and about 60 have been assisting the French
military to handle the hostage crisis, a source told AP. The US is
providing the French forces in Burkina Faso with surveillance and
Affairs Minister Simon Compaore said at least 10 bodies have been
found inside the Cappuccino Cafe, a restaurant located next to the
director of the Yalgado Ouedraogo hospital, Robert Sangare, has told
AFP that at least 20 people have been killed and 15 others injured in
the dead, we do not have a precise figure, but there are at least 20
have had at least 15 wounded with bullet wounds and others who
suffered injuries during the panic to escape.”
terrorists attacking the hotel spoke by phone with AQIM, asserting
of many dead crusaders,” according
gunmen first attacked Cappuccino Cafe, a restaurant located
across the street from the hotel and owned by a Ukrainian national,
Russia’s Honorary Council in Burkina Faso, Anna Rachina-Kulibali,
said that there are foreign nationals among the dead, adding that it
is still unknown whether any of the victims are Russian.
are foreigners [among the dead], possibly Europeans and locals.”
shooting was initiated by three armed and turbaned men, an AFP
journalist reported from the scene. A car was on fire outside the
Splendid Hotel, he dded. The property is frequently used by
Westerners and UN agency staff.
December, AQIM’s senior member called on the extremist group to
wage war on several countries, including Burkina Faso.
imposed a curfew from 2300 GMT to 0600 GMT, France’s ambassador to
the country, Gilles Thibault, said on his Twitter account. The
embassy has opened a crisis unit for French nationals. There are over
3,500 French citizens currently residing in Burkina Faso.
social media user from the West African country reported that a “red
alert has been announced in the city, with an “ongoing
hostage taking in Ouagadougou, deaths, wounded [and] fire.”
user said that the city center was an “insecure
and advised the public not to go there and “warn
attack coincides with recent Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL)
related attacks in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, in which at least
7 people were killed, and another at an Egyptian hotel.