Is this the ‘religion of peace’ that Obama is always talking about? This terror attack has already claimed 27 lives when jihadists held 126 hostage in Burkina.
A 15-hour terror attack by four jihadists at a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso has come to an end this morning after security forces stormed the building and rescued 126 of the hostages.
Burkinabe special forces, assisted by 30 French special forces, broke the lengthy siege and stormed the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou. Three of the gunmen were eliminated after a firefight before the hotel was re-captured by special forces.
27 people from 18 different countries were killed in the terror attack at the hotel in the Burkinabe capital. As many as 33 of the 126 survivors were also wounded during the attack, the Burkinabe Interior Ministry confirmed.
At least ten of the victims in the terror attack were gunned down at the Cappuccino Cafe, situated next door to the hotel. The attack has been claimed by al-Mourabitoun, an al-Qaeda affiliated group based in the Sahel region of northern Mali.
The Burkinabe President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré confirmed that a fourth gunman at the Yibi Hotel has been killed. He labelled the attacks ‘cowardly and vile’ and claimed that two of the four attackers are thought to have been female fighters.
Initial reports said the masked militants set off suspected car bombs outside the hotel at 7.30pm last night before they stormed the hotel taking at least 100 people hostage.
A US defense official said France, the former colonial power of Burkina Faso, had requested US intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance support in the city, and at least one US military member was giving ‘advice and assistance’ to French forces at the hotel.
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