Burkina Faso hotel siege ‘over’ amid reports of new attack


A siege is over at a Burkina Faso hotel seized by suspected Islamist gunmen, the government says, but reports say a nearby hotel is now under attack.

In all, 126 people were freed at the Splendid Hotel in the West African state’s capital, Ouagadougou, the interior minister said.

Three gunmen were killed, he added, amid reports of 20 deaths during the attack, which also targeted a cafe.

French special forces are helping local troops in the security operation.

French President Francois Hollande has condemned the “odious” attack on the former French colony.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has said it carried out the attack in the West African nation, monitors said.

In November, an AQIM attack on a hotel in the Malian capital Bamako left 19 people dead.