At least 23 killed in Islamist militant attack on Burkina Faso hotel

Burkina Hotel16/01/2016 (Al Ahram Online): At least 23 people from 18 countries were killed in an attack by Islamist militant gunmen on a top hotel and a restaurant in the capital of Burkina Faso, before security forces ended the siege on Saturday and killed four assailants.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 of Saturday, Interior Minister Simon Compaore told AFP.The militants’ assault had been completely crushed by midday Saturday, a security source said. Four militants, including two women, were killed in the counter-assault.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 carried by US-based monitoring group SITE.The attackers were members of the Al-Murabitoun group based in Mali and run by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, SITE said…

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/181108/World/International/At-least–killed-in-Islamist-militant-attack-on-Bu.aspx

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