Hostages held at Burkina Faso hotel after attack

Gunfire and explosions heard while military surrounds the Splendid Hotel in the capital of Ouagadougou.

Hostages are being held amid an attack at a hotel in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou, a local journalist has told Al Jazeera, citing the police.

Olympia de Maismont, a local reporter, said police confirmed that there were hostages in the Splendid Hotel, and she said the military had surrounded the building following reports of gunfire and explosions.

The attack, she added, happened around 8pm local time.

Reuters reported that gunmen stormed the hotel, burning cars outside and firing in the air to drive back crowds before security forces arrived, prompting an intense exchange of gunfire.

Splendid Hotel, a four-star residence which is near the airport, is known to be popular with foreigners, including UN staff.

An Al Jazeera reporter confirmed that the battle between the assailants and police is ongoing.

There are no reports of casualties yet.

“The security services within the region are very afraid because of what happened in Bamako ,” said de Maismont.

“A source in the hotel has said that there are some victms, but we don’t have much information on that yet.”

In November, gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital, Bamako, early in the morning and took at least 170 people hostage.

After a nine-hour standoff with Malian and UN soldiers, most of the hostages were released – but 19 were killed. Two attackers were also killed.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Al Jazeera 

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