Upscale hotel attacked in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso -- Attackers struck an upscale hotel popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital late Friday, fueling the recent political turmoil in the West African country.

See Full Article

Three hours later, gunfire could still be heard as soldiers in an armoured vehicle finally approached the area.

An Associated Press reporter near the scene said that several cars were also ablaze outside the 147-room Splendid Hotel in downtown Ouagadougou.

Witness Vital Nounagnon told the AP that he saw four men attack the hotel and neighbouring Cappuccino Cafe about 7:30 p.m. Another witness who gave only his first name, Gilbert, said that when security forces first arrived, they turned around rather than confront the attackers.

"But we know that the gunmen won't get out of the hotel alive," he said. "Our country is not for jihadists or terrorists. They got it wrong."

The AP reporter saw an armoured vehicle with security forces arrive nearly three hours after the attack.

It was not immediately clear what group may have been behind the violence, though jihadists have attacked hotels before in neighbouring Mali, including a devastating attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in November that left 20 people dead.

The U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou tweeted: "We are closely following the situation downtown."

While Burkina Faso has largely been spared the violence wracked by Islamic extremist groups in Mali, a Romanian national was abducted last April.

Burkina Faso, a largely Muslim country, has been in turmoil since its longtime president was ousted in a popular uprising in late 2014. Last September members of a presidential guard launched a coup that lasted only about a week. The transitional government returned to power until Burkina Faso's November election ushered in new leaders.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Trudeau asks Pope to apologize for residential schools [Video]

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    VATICAN CITY — Canadians are anxious to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples, Justin Trudeau described telling Pope Francis on Monday as he asked the pontiff to apologize for the role the Catholic Church played in the tragedy of residential schools. Source
  • Greens agree to support NDP government in B.C.

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    VICTORIA – The B.C. Greens will support the B.C. NDP for a new four-year government, Green Leader Andrew Weaver announced Monday. The Liberal government of Premier Christy Clark now lacks the votes to survive the legislature and she will either have to resign or be defeated in the house. Source
  • Trump condemns killing of pair who tried to stop racist rant in Portland

    World News CTV News
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday condemned the fatal stabbing of two good Samaritans trying to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade on a Portland, Oregon, light rail train. "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable," Trump said on Twitter. Source
  • Macron and Putin clash over Russia's alleged election meddling

    World News CBC News
    French President Emmanuel Macron rolled out the red carpet for Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday, but past suspicions of Russian meddling in the French election resurfaced with Macron denouncing Russian media and Putin denying hacking allegations. Source
  • Canadian Medical Association Journal blasts Liberal government's legalized-pot plan

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA — An editorial in the latest Canadian Medical Association Journal says the Trudeau government’s plan to legalize marijuana will put young people at risk by setting 18 as the benchmark minimum age for buying pot. The article says cannabis has harmful effects on young brains, noting that the association recommends the legislation restrict the amount and potency of pot available to those under the age of 25. Source
  • Hearing expected in B.C. human rights case involving transgender inmate

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER -- The lawyer for a transgender woman who was forced to stay in a men's jail says his client hopes her human rights case against the British Columbia government will change policies for other inmates. Source
  • B.C. Greens back NDP for minority government

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA -- A deal has been reached that paves the way for the NDP to form a minority government in British Columbia with support from the Green party. NDP Leader John Horgan and Andrew Weaver of the Greens announced the agreement today that they say would allow for a stable minority government for the next four years. Source
  • Residential school survivors shouldn't have to beg Pope for apology, says survivor

    Canada News CBC News
    The Pope shouldn't have to be asked to come to Canada and apologize for the harm inflicted by the residential school system, says one survivor. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Pope Francis Monday and asked for an apology on behalf of residential school survivors. Source
  • B.C. Green Party agrees to support NDP in the legislature

    Canada News CBC News
    The B.C. Green Party has agreed to support the NDP in the legislature, setting up the possibility of 16 years of Liberal rule coming to a dramatic end. NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver made the joint announcement Monday afternoon at the B.C. Source
  • UN pulls backing for Palestinian women's centre over naming

    World News CTV News
    JERUSALEM -- The UN has stopped supporting a Palestinian community centre in the West Bank that was named for a woman who participated in a deadly 1978 attack in Israel. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's office said in a statement Sunday that the UN withdrew its support after learning the centre was named for Dalal Mughrabi. Source