Dozens dead in Burkina Faso hotel attack

Car bombs exploded outside the hotel before gunmen stormed inside

Car bombs exploded outside the hotel before gunmen stormed inside

About 20 people are believed to be dead in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou following an attack on Splendid hotel targeting Westerners particularly UN staff.

Sources say gunmen first detonated two car bombs outside the hotel before rushing in and shooting randomly killing several people and taking hostages.

Sunday’s attack is eerily similar to one in neighbouring Mali last November, which killed more than 20 people. In that attack, gunmen had used vehicles with diplomatic plates to gain access through security barriers to Radisson hotel in the capital Bamako.

The attack comes weeks after Burkina Faso held its first democratic elections since the military coup last year. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb has claimed responsibility of the attack.