Gun­fire, ex­plo­sions near ho­tel in Burk­ina Faso’s cap­i­tal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

OUA­GADOUGOU, Burk­ina Faso — Wit­nesses in Burk­ina Faso’s cap­i­tal say gun­fire has erupted near an up­scale ho­tel in the city cen­tre and ex­plo­sions can be heard. An As­so­ci­ated Press reporter near the scene said late Fri­day that sev­eral cars were also ablaze out­side the four-story Splen­did Ho­tel in down­town Oua­gadougou. It was not im­me­di­ately clear who was be­hind the at­tack, 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. While Burk­ina Faso has largely been spared the vi­o­lence wracked by Is­lamic ex­trem­ist groups in Mali, a Ro­ma­nian na­tional was ab­ducted last April.

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