Al-Qaeda attacks Burkina Faso
At least 30 people have been reported dead after Al-Qaeda militants attacked the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Majority of the victims killed were foreign citizens, with American, Canadian, Dutch, French and Swiss citizens identified among the casualties.
Three of the militants were killed in a gun-battle with Burkinabe armed forces, shortly after which the hotel was recaptured.
“We heard shots, grenades, detonations. It was echoing and extremely loud. It went on for a long time,” a survivor said.
“They kept coming back and forth into Cappuccino [Cafe]. You’d think it was over, then they’d come back and shoot more people. They would come back and see if the white people were moving and then they would shoot them again.”
See photos from the incident below.