Hotel stand-off ends with 27 dead
The overnight seizure of a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso's capital by al-Qaida-linked extremists ended yesterday when Burkina Faso and French security forces killed four jihadist attackers and freed more than 126 people, the West African nation's president said.
At least 23 other people from up to 18 different countries were killed in the attack at the Splendid Hotel and nearby Cappuccino Cafe, establishments popular with westerners in Ouagadougou, the capital.
Three attackers were killed at the hotel and a fourth was killed when security forces cleared out a second hotel nearby.
Two of the three attackers at the Splendid Hotel were identified as female, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said on national radio.
"We appeal to the people to be vigilant and brave because we must fight on," said the president when praising the security forces and first responders.
He also said the country was grateful for the military cooperation from French and Americans. They helped free at least 126 hostages, and the number of those freed may be as high as 153.