At least one American and six Canadians, as well as French, Dutch and Swiss nationals are among the 29 people from 18 different countries killed during the 15-hour terror attack by Al-Qaeda militants.
Burkinabe special forces, assisted by 30 French special forces, broke the lengthy siege last night by storming the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou. Three of the gunmen were killed after a firefight before the hotel was re-captured by special forces.
Another witness, Yannick Sawadogo, said: 'It was horrible... there was blood everywhere. They were firing at people at close range. They were walking around people and firing at people who were not dead.'
And Robert Sangare, the head of Yalgado Ouedraogo hospital last night said a European woman being treated at the hospital told him the attackers appeared to target white people.
Today it emerged that a 67-year-old Dutch national was among those killed, with the country's foreign minister Bert Koenders calling it 'painful and bitter that somebody who wanted to contribute to the development of the country has fallen victim to such a deed'.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also said four members of a Ukrainian family were among those killed. The the woman and her husband owned the cafe where at least 10 people, including their 9-year-old daughter, died before the attackers set the building ablaze and moved on to the nearby hotel. [...]
Survivors Describe How Al Qaeda Jihadis Targeted Westerners During A 15-Hour Terror Ordeal In Burkina Faso
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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