Devout Muslims attack in Burkina Faso: at least 23 dead in hotel siege
By Pamela Geller
Another hotel raided by Muslims who open fire on the unsuspecting guests. At least 23 people are dead. Hostages were seized. The siege went on for hours. Islamic jihadists seem to be acting with complete impunity all over the globe. From Paris to San Bernardino to Chattanooga to Garland to Jakarta to Ouagadougou, it’s all the same jihad — and all the same denial from the authorities.
“Burkina Faso attack: Dozens freed, at least 23 dead in hotel siege,” by Faith Karimi and Sandra Betsis, CNN, January 16, 2016:
(CNN)Attackers raided a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso overnight, opening fire and seizing hostages in an hours-long siege that ended with at least 23 people dead.
An al Qaeda-linked terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assault at Splendid Hotel — a popular meeting place for Western diplomats in the capital, Ouagadougou.
The attack began Friday night and dragged on under the cover of darkness. Security forces circled the perimeter to assess the situation before they stormed in hours later.
“Everyone was panicked and was lying down on the floor. There was blood everywhere, they were shooting at people at point blank,” said Yannick Sawadogo, who survived the siege.
Security forces entered the hotel early Saturday and freed 126 hostages, half of whom were hospitalized, said Alpha Barry, the nation’s foreign minister.
The 23 people killed were of 18 nationalities, according to security minister Simon Compaore.
At least four attackers were killed, including two women, he said. It was unclear whether their deaths were included in the figure of 23 people killed.
The French Foreign Ministry, whose troops helped in the rescue operation, said 27 people died.
‘We could hear them talking’
Survivors described horrific scenes as the attackers paced and fired in the hotel Friday night.
“We could hear them talking and they were walking around and kept shooting at people who seemed alive,” Sawadogo told CNN affiliate BFMTV.
Sawadogo said he escaped through a broken window, and could barely see because of smoke.
Search for hostages, terrorists
Burkinabe forces scoured rooms at the
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