Burkina Faso attack: What we know so far


Ouagadougou: 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.

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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Security forces have surrounded the Splendid Hotel, which is frequented by Westerners.
The assault in Ouagadougou began mid-evening and by 11 pm (2300 GMT) the sounds of gunfire and explosions had died down.
Medical personnel have moved wounded away from the front of the hotel.
France has requested US intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance support in the city and at least one US military member in Burkina Faso was giving “advice and assistance” to French forces at the hotel.
This is the first time Islamist militants have carried out an assault in the capital of Burkina Faso.
Robert Sangare, the director of Ouagadougou`s university hospital centre, said one European woman being treated at the hospital told him the attackers appeared to target white people.
The hotel is sometimes used by French troops with Operation Barkhane, a force based in Chad and set up to combat Islamist militants across West Africa`s vast, arid Sahel region.


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