At least 23 people of 18 different nationalities are now known to have been killed after Islamist militants attacked a hotel in Burkina Faso. Al-Qaeda militants attacked the luxury Splendid Hotel in the West African state's capital, Ouagadougou, as well as a cafe and another hotel nearby. Four attackers - two of them reportedly women - died in the assaults. The siege at the Splendid was declared over after a joint operation by local and French security forces. The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) militant group has said it carried out the attack, which began on Friday night. Bukinabe President Roch Kabore, who arrived at the scene on Saturday morning amid tight security, announced the death toll and the liberation of at least 150 hostages. The French Ambassador, Gilles Thibault, gave a higher death toll of 27 and denied any women were among the militants killed at the hotel. In another development, an Austrian doctor and his wife were kidnapped on Friday night in northern Burkina Faso near the border with Mali, Burkinabe officials said. AQIM said it kidnapped the couple.(BBC)
23 people of 18 different nationalities killed after IS militants attacked a hotel in Burkina Faso.