AQIM Attack on Burkina Faso Hotel Kills 23 People
In a gruesome attack, jihadists shot fire on tourists in a top hotel and restaurant in the capital city of Burkina Faso. According to reports, at least 23 people from 18 countries were killed, before the security forces killed four assailants which included two women also. The jihadists were crushed completely by mid- day.
Interior Minister Simon Compaore told AFP that a total of 126 people were freed, including 33 wounded, from the four-star Splendid hotel, popular with Westerners and UN personnel, after security forces retook the 147-room facility and the Cappuccino restaurant nearby in the early hours this morning.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was “revenge against France and the disbelieving West”, according to a statement by US-based monitoring group SITE. SITE said the attackers were members of the Al-Murabitoun group based in Mali and run by Mokhtar Belmokhtar.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who took office just last month, visited the hotel today but made no immediate comment. Communication Minister Remis Dandjinou told AFP the counter-assault was carried out by Burkinabe troops with the support of French Special Forces. He also said that among those who escaped unharmed was Labour Minister Clement Sawadogo.