Burkina Faso: Hostages taken in attack on top hotel
Gunfire erupted and hostages were taken at a luxury hotel in the central African country of Burkina Faso yesterday.
Two car bombs exploded at 7.30pm local time in downtown Ouagadougou, the country's capital, according to witnesses.
Masked gunmen stormed the city's luxury four-storey Splendid Hotel, which is a popular venue with Western tourists and UN officials.
An intense exchange of fire between the gunmen and police followed, according to reports emerging from the city.
It is not immediately clear who is behind the attack, though jihadists have attacked hotels before in neighbouring Mali, including an attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in November in which 20 people were killed.
Two terrorists slaughtered victims from nations including Russia, China and the United States at the luxury hotel in Mali's capital on November 20, before being killed by members of the security forces.