News

20 Killed in Burkina Faso Hotel ‘Terrorist Attack’

20 Killed in Burkina Faso Hotel ‘Terrorist Attack’

Splendid-Hotel-Burkina-Faso

At least 20 people have been killed and more than 15 people injured after masked gunmen stormed a hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital city of Ouagadougou. The nationalities of those killed remains unclear.

France’s Ambassador in Ouagadougou, who earlier said the incident was a ‘terrorist attack’, said that an operation was underway to rescue hostages from inside the four-star Splendid Hotel.

Up to 60 hostages have been freed from the hotel after security forces launched a rescue operation.

According to eye-witnesses, gunmen stormed the hotel, which is frequently used by United Nations staff and foreigners, after attacking a nearby cafe, reported Agence France Presse.

The hotel, close to the city’s international airport, was also partly set on fire as gunmen exchanged gunfire with security forces.

While it appears unclear who is responsible for the attack, SITE monitoring group, which analyzes chatter among extremist organizations, believes that Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) carried out the attack.

In response to the attack at the hotel, a curfew has been imposed and will last until 6 AM. French troops have also been deployed to provide assistance to local security forces. France has also reportedly requested assistance of the U.S.. CNN reports that at least one U.S. soldier is at the scene and that U.S. surveillance drones had been deployed.

In 2015, a coup toppled Blaise Compaore, who had led Burkina Faso for 27 years. The coup toppled long-time leader Blaise Compaore, who had governed for 27 years. The country has since been embroiled in political turmoil.

A Starving Syrian Child Has Died in Front of UN Aid Workers as Hundreds Starve
Egypt's Nour El-Sherbini Becomes Youngest Ever New York Squash Tournament Champion

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Long-Awaited Naguib Mahfouz Museum to Open End of June

Egyptian StreetsJune 19, 2019

Who Was Mohamed Morsi? A Timeline of His Rise and Fall

Egyptian StreetsJune 18, 2019

Turkey, Qatar Only Countries to React to Morsi’s Death

Egyptian StreetsJune 18, 2019

Egypt’s Former President Mohamed Morsi Dies of a Heart Attack in Court

Egyptian StreetsJune 17, 2019

First Creative Entrepreneurship Event in Egypt For Women

Egyptian StreetsJune 16, 2019

Cairo’s Third Metro Line Fare Prices Increase to EGP 5 – EGP 10

Egyptian StreetsJune 16, 2019

Aguirre: I Will Leave If I Don’t Achieve Egypt’s Targets

Egyptian StreetsJune 15, 2019

Egyptian MP Proposes Abolishing Plastic Bags in Favour of Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Egyptian StreetsJune 11, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.