Emelianenko-Mitrione bout postponed due to American’s illnessSport February 19, 4:06
OSCE unable to identify perpetrators of cyber attacks against it - secretary generalWorld February 19, 4:02
Russian biathletes win gold in relay at 2017 IBU World Championships in AustriaSport February 18, 18:30
Putin signs decree on recognition of documents given to Donbass peopleRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 18, 17:26
Sberbank CEO says no repeat of crisis in the short termBusiness & Economy February 18, 17:24
Judging by certain statements at Munich Conference, "cold war" is still not over — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 18, 15:19
Bout’s lawyers will challenge Court of Appeals’ decision in Supreme Court on February 21Russian Politics & Diplomacy February 18, 7:16
Turkish Minister reproaches NATO for not fulfilling obligations on its south-eastern flankWorld February 18, 7:12
Moody's upgrades outlook on Russia’s sovereign rating to stable from negativeBusiness & Economy February 18, 2:37
MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. At least 20 people were killed when gunmen attacked a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso, media reported.
"Gunmen have attacked a hotel used by westerners in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, taking hostages and reportedly killing at least 20 people," the BBC reported.
"Eyewitnesses said two car bombs went off outside the Splendid hotel at around 19:30 local time (same as GMT). Three to four masked men then stormed the Splendid Hotel, which is used by UN staff and westerners, witnesses said," the British public service broadcaster said.
"Robert Sangare, a hospital director in the city, said at least 20 people had died and 15 more wounded. Witnesses said soon after 01:00 that an operation to free hostages from the hotel was under way. Part of the hotel was on fire, they reported," the report said.
"Foreign Minister Alpha Barry had earlier said he would not rule out the co-operation of French troops. One group that monitors jihadist networks said al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed it was behind the attack," it said.
"Witnesses said the gunmen had initially entered the Cappuccino cafe near the hotel. One employee at the cafe told Agence France Presse that "several people" had been killed there," the BBC said. "Eyewitnesses reported hearing exchanges of gunfire between the men and security forces, as well as sporadic gunfire from inside the four-star hotel, which is close to the country's international airport.".
Burkina Faso law enforcers have taken out of the hotel at least 12 people, the local radio station Omega reported.