Authorities in Burkina Faso have reported that the siege at a Burkina Faso’s Splendid faith hotel by suspected Islamist militants is over.
This report comes amid new reports of attack on a second hotel.The assault on the Splendid Hotel in the West African state's capital, Ouagadougou, claimed lives of at least 23 people of 18 different nationalities. Four attackers were also killed, two of them being women, officials said.
Meanwhile, the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) militant group has announced that it carried out the attack. The militants attacked the Splendid and the nearby Cappuccino cafe on Friday evening, setting off several explosions. Both places are popular with UN staff and foreigners.
Bukinabe President Roch Kabore who has been in office for the past three weeks arrived at the scene on Saturday morning amid right security.French President Francois Hollande has condemned the "odious" attack on the capital of the former French colony. French troops helped their Burkinabe colleagues during the security operation.
Interior Minister Simon Compaore said 10 bodies had been found on the cafe terrace alone.He added that 126 hostages had been freed, with 33 of them injured. Among those freed is the country's Minister of Public Works, Clement Sawadogo. Interior Minister Compaore said two black Africans and an Arab were among the militants killed.
As the end of the siege was being announced, reports came in that militants had taken up position at the Yibi hotel, a short distance away on the same street in Ouagadougou. Officials say one of the attackers was killed at the Yibi, officials said.
Remi Dandjinou, the Burkinabe communications minister, told the BBC earlier that between six and seven militants had attacked the Splendid, adding that they had been staying at the hotel as guests.
Burkina Faso recently held its first presidential election since a coup earlier last year. That coup toppled long-time leader Blaise Compaore, who had governed for 27 years. The country has long borders with Mali and Niger.
Earlier, International media reports indicated that over 20 people are feared killed as gunmen have attacked and taken hostages in Splendid Hotel used mostly by westerners in the in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
According to a report by Al Jazeera the police in Bukina Faso are battling with masked jihadi gunmen.
Associated Press news agency reported that security forces arrived as the men fired in the air to disperse the gathering crowd and soon engaged in a fierce gunfight with the suspected jihadis as cars burned around them.
Witnesses said the attackers claimed to be from ISIS, but an Al Qaeda affiliated group has reportedly claimed the attack, according to SITE Intelligence Group.
Meanwhile, 30 hostages, including a government minister have been freed from the besieged hotel, the country's communications minister told Reuters news agency.
The director of the capital city's university hospital said they were treating 15 people, some with bullet wounds.
The attack happened around 8pm local time on Friday.