At least 20 victims from Burkina hotel attack: hospital director
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Around 20 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso on Friday, according to the director of the university hospital who spoke to patients wounded in the attack.
"We have received around 15 wounded people. There are people with bullet wounds and people who are injured because of falls," said Robert Sangare, director of Ouagadougou’s university hospital center.
Reporting by Mathieu Bonkoungou; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Sandra Maler
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Al-Qaida militants struck an upscale hotel and nearby cafe in Burkina Faso’s capital late Friday that are popular with Westerners, taking an unknown number of hostages and forcing others to hide for their lives. (AP Video)
At least 20 people died and others were taken hostage when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the capital city of Burkina Faso on Friday, a hospital director told Reuters, and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Security forces surrounded the Splendid Hotel and were awaiting orders to begin an assault to rescue the hostages and retake the building, which is frequented by Westerners, the country’s foreign minister Alpha Barry said in a telephone interview. (Reuters)