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20 Dead, 15 Injured In Burkina-Faso’s Hotel Attack

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The attack on Ouagadougou’s Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso by suspected Islamic Militants, has left atleast 20 people dead and several others injured.

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Director of Ouagadougou’s university hospital Centre, Robert Sangare, revealed that about 15 people were injured following the attack on Splendid hotel.

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“We have received around 15 wounded people. There are people with bullet wounds and people who are injured because of falls”. He said.

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France ambassador to the country Gilles Thibault, said on Saturday that city-wide curfew has been declared  in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou from 11pm to 6am local time, due to the attack.

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An eyewitness Mathieu, told Mirror Uk: “I was en route to the Akino Faso hotel, arriving at Kwame Nkrumah I saw some cars coming front the other direction which shot at the hotel.

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“When I continued towards the hotel there was a (V8) which blocked the way but there was a small space to pas through so I went through it.

“At the same tome I saw three men in turbans with Kalashnikovs who came out of the hotel and started to shoot at the air about 10metres from me.

“I fled from the situation, but I had the time to see two bodies on the floor outside Cappuccino cafe, they were white people.

“At the same moment, there was an explosion in the hotel.

“It was not a shot, it was an explosion. So I circumvented the hotel and tried to look for my mother and ask her if we could go back to hers.

“When I passed Kwame Nkurumah again to leave, a man in front of me took a bullet through his passenger door.

“He opened the door and fell out of his car. A firefighters who passed by had seen him and got out to help him.

“While I looked for a way to escape there was a disturbance in the street and people started shooting to clear people way.

“When I left there was still no order in the place.” He said.

The Splendid hotel which is always patronized by Western tourists and business Men, is situated in the centre of Ouagadougou near the city’s airport and has 146 rooms.

 




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