An al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group seized an upscale hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso overnight Friday, killing 23 people and holding another 126 hostage before the siege finally came to an end.
Fox News reported that the attack on the Splendid Hotel was led by the group al-Qaeda of Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and that there were four jihadist gunmen on the scene, all of whom were killed by law enforcement before the end of the siege.
Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré told reporters that two of the extremists were reporters.
Per a message posted in Arabic on the militants’ “Muslim Africa” Telegram account, the jihadists allegedly:
“…broke into a restaurant of one of the biggest hotels in the capital of Burkina Faso, and are now entrenched and the clashes are continuing with the enemies of the religion.”
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