- Terror in Burkina Faso is a warning sign for GHANA.
- Witnesses said the terrorists shot people who had not died and started a fire in the hotel
- Robert Sangare, the head of Yalgado Ouedraogo hospital said one patient told him the attackers appeared to target white people.
- Mokhtar Belmokhtar, nicknamed Mr Marlboro for his expertises in financing terrorism through smuggling cigarettes, is believed to be the leader of the al-Qaeda linked al-Mourabitoun. Numerous claims have made that he has been killed in the past couple of years.
- Burkina Faso attack: At least 29 dead, scores freed after hotel siege.
- French Soldiers Assist Burkina Faso Security Forces Outside Hotel
- Military investigators search through the debris of the Cappucino Cafe, where ten people were shot and killed by terrorists last night
- American missionary and six Canadians among 28 people killed by Al Qaeda jihadists during a 15-hour terror attack in Burkina Faso
- One of the 33 wounded foreigners is thought to be talented French Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui.
- At least one American and six Canadians are among the 28 people from 18 different countries killed in Burkina Faso
- American missionary Mike Riddering, with the domestic violence organization Sheltering Wings, is among the dead
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that six Canadians also died in the attack
- They were killed during a terror attack on the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, in West Africa
- Security forces stormed the hotel, reportedly freed 156 hostages and killed three of the four gunmen
- Local al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) branch Al-Mourabitoun have claimed responsibility for the attack
- One the 33 people wounded in the attack has been identified as French photographer Leila Alaoui
- The fourth gunman was killed at the Yibi Hotel following a lengthy siege in the Burkinabe capital this morning
- 'Cowardly' Ouaga al-Qaeda attack 'horrifies me' - Nana Akufo-Addo
- Live Updates: Attack at Hotel in Burkina Faso’s Capital
- Riddering's wife, Amy Boyle Riddering kept an active account on Facebook of what she knew during the attacks.
She was also in Burkina Faso but was not with Riddering at the time of the shooting. In one post she said that her husband was in the cafe next door to the hotel, Cafe Cappucino, when the jihadists attacked.
After she heard news of her husband's death, she wrote a tribute to him on her page.
'Heaven has gained a warrior! I know God has a purpose in all things but sometimes it is a complete mystery to me. My best friend, partner in crime and love of my life. The best husband ever,' she wrote. 'An amazing father to his children and a papa to everyone.
'My heart is so heavy and I am having trouble believing he is gone. Mike was an example in the way he lived and loved. God be glorified!
“The news about the terrorist attacks that took place over the weekend at the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso, which left 28 persons dead and several scores of people injured and traumatised, have left me in utter shock and horror.
“I join the rest of the world in condemning these attacks, and sympathise with the families of the dead and wounded,” the flagbearer of Ghana’s biggest opposition party said in a statement Sunday.
These attacks, the three-time flagbearer said, “are a stark reminder about the threat terrorism poses to the world, with some countries in Africa being recent targets, and the duty it imposes on us all to help combat this scourge.”
The citizens of Burkina Faso, he said, deserve to go about their daily lawful activities without being terrorised by a group of cowardly people.
“I appeal to all Burkinabes to remain steadfast. They have the solidarity of the Ghanaian people and of all peace-loving people in Africa. President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and the people of Burkina Faso need to be assured with deeds, not just words that the world stands with them and stands ready to support them in the necessary fight against such evil. God bless the Burkinabe people and God bless the Ghanaian people.” Mr Akufo-Addo added.
Meanwhile, security forces in Burkina Faso have retaken the hotel on Saturday, a day after the attack on the landlocked nation, which has been an ally of Western governments in the fight against jihadist groups in the arid reaches of the southern Sahara. The terror attack follows a similar raid in November on a luxury hotel in Mali's capital Bamako, which killed 20 people, including citizens of Russia, China and the United States.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said 28 people were killed in the 146-room Splendid Hotel, in the Cappuccino restaurant across the street and at a second nearby hotel, the Hotel Yibi, according to an initial death toll.
Speaking on state-run television, Kabore said 156 hostages had been freed by the security operation to retake the area while around 50 civilians had been wounded. Four members of the security forces, including one French soldier, were also wounded.
"Faced with these terrorists and their vile acts, we must mobilise to ensure the appropriate response to put them out of action," Kabore said.
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"We will emerge victorious from this war, which has been imposed upon our people and all other people of the world who want peace and freedom," he said, adding that the nation would observe three days of mourning from Sunday.