Burkina Faso

35 Dead After Jihadist Terror Attack in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Jihadists attacked a town in northern Burkina Faso and killed 35 civilians, most of them women, and ensuing clashes with security forces left 80 jihadists dead, the West African nation’s president announced late Tuesday.

A group of soldiers of the Burkina Faso Army dig foxholes for sentinels in a temporary base set in the region of Soum in northern Burkina Faso on November 12, 2019. (Photo by MICHELE CATTANI / AFP) (Photo by MICHELE CATTANI/AFP via Getty Images)

Hotel Recaptured from Al-Qaeda in Burkina Faso; at Least 28 Dead

The Saharan nation of Burkina Faso was the scene of the latest terrorist hostage crisis, as al-Qaeda fighters staged a hotel raid similar to the November attack in Mali. This time, the death toll included 28 people from 18 different countries, plus 50 civilians wounded, and 156 hostages freed.

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PHOTOS: Al Qaeda Attack on Burkina Faso Hotel Leaves at Least 20 Dead

Al-Qaida militants struck an upscale hotel and nearby cafe late Friday that are popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso’s capital, taking an unknown number of hostages and forcing others to hide for their lives as gunfire and explosions rang out. Commandos used explosives to storm the building five hours later, accidentally setting fire to the hotel.

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