Burkina Faso

Muslims on murder rampage in #BurkinaFaso tourist hotel – Hostages taken

Security forces in Burkina Faso battled suspected Islamist fighters outside the Splendid Hotel in the capital’s business district as reports surfaced that at least one hostage is being held.

The gunmen stormed the hotel, burning cars outside and firing in the air to drive back crowds before security forces arrived, prompting an intense exchange of gunfire.

A senior official with the national gendarmes said suspected Islamist fighters took an unknown number of hostages.

‘It is continuing at this time. We are trying to know how many attackers they are to better coordinate our actions. Hostages have been taken. The operation could take several hours,’ the officer said asking not to be named.

Eyewitnesses say two car bombs exploded at approximately 7.30pm local time before three or four masked men stormed the hotel.

Witnesses reported seeing a gunmen emerge from the hotel and fire into the air to keep crowds away.

USA Today states the Splendid Hotel is popular with Westerners and UN Staff

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  • Exile1981

    Again why do people travel to muslim majority countries?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I wish Cuba was one of those countries.

    • Alain

      Not sure it is a Muslim majority country unless things have greatly changed recently. It did have a sizeable Muslim population; the result of previous Muslim invasions into black Africa. Still I know that even the area where I lived and worked along with all neighbouring African countries is no longer the same. There is not enough money in the world to get me to set foot in any of these places any more.

    • Beats me.

      • Exile1981

        Obviously a defective gene… maybe the same one that causes people to vote liberal.

  • Cat-astrophe

    Where’s Dr. Strangelove when you need’m.

  • Millie_Woods

    On the upside, the hotel is popular with UN staff.

  • Tom Forsythe

    First, the tragedy of the explosion; next, the tragedy of all those news anchormen having to learn how to say “Ouagadougou.”