first published on January 16, 2016 by Josh
The government of Burkina Faso states that an estimated 26 people were killed and a further 56 were injured after an Al Qaeda attack in the capital city of Ouagadougou.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on Friday night. According to Burkina Faso government officials, there was an estimated 26 people killed, and another 56 injured by the end of the siege inside of the Splendid Hotel.
The operation to break the siege at the hotel lasted all night, and was conducted by both French and local security forces. 4 attackers were killed in the action, and it is believed that some of the attackers may have been women.
The attacks on both the Splendid Hotel, and a nearby cafe were initiated by improvised explosives. Following that the attackers moved inside of the hotel and started shooting at everyone inside. An American, named Edward Bunker, working for an NGO in the area described his night trapped inside of the hotel to BBC news.
I went downstairs to settle the bill around 20:30 and it was like a scene out of a movie with smoke, gunfire noise, explosions – but all outside of the walls. And a very, very empty and dark lobby. I saw someone carrying a gun just outside the hotel and a burning car across the street. and that was my ‘oh sh**’ moment. I hid near the pool for about five minutes and figured I might just want to plan to spend the night down there.
You can read his full story here.