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Burkina Faso’s government said, on Saturday 01/16/2016, 26 people were killed and a further 56 injured after Islamist militants attacked a hotel in the capital, Ouagadougou, popular with foreigners.
MAGHREB al-Qaeda ( AQIM ), led by Mukhtar Bilmukhtar and Abu al-Nur al-Andalusi , has said it carried out the attack, which began on Friday 01/15/2016, night. Those killed come from at least 18 different countries, and include two French nationals.
The siege at the Splendid Hotel was declared over after a joint operation by local and French security forces. At least four attackers died in the assaults. There were claims that some of those involved were women.
As well as the luxury hotel, a cafe and another hotel nearby were targeted. The operation to take back the hotel lasted through the night and into the morning. at least 150 hostages had been liberated.
The Yibi hotel, opposite the Splendid, also shows signs of the attack, and the authorities say at least one attacker was killed inside the building.
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