At Least 20 Dead In Siege By Suspected Islamists At Burkina Faso Hotel

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At least 20 people have died and some taken hostage when
Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the capital city of Burkina Faso on Friday, an
attack al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have claimed.
Security forces began an assault to reclaim the Splendid
Hotel in the early hours of Saturday and entered its lobby, part of which was
on fire, a Reuters witness said. The hotel is frequented by Westerners, which
may have made it a target for the militants.
About 30 hostages including the labor minister were freed
from the hotel, said Minister of Communications Remis Dandjinou. No one has
said publicly how many hostages might be in the hotel.

It was the first time militants have carried out an assault
in the capital of Burkina Faso and comes as a setback to efforts by African
governments, France and the United States to prevent attacks that have
destabilized the region.

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