Burkina Faso, the obscure African country has been in the news the past few days a lot. Unfortunately it isn’t for any positive reasons. The country is a landlocked country in West Africa and is surrounded by six countries and has a population of around 17.3 million. It’s capital is Ouagadougou and that is where the problems arose the past few days in the latest terror attack to strike the world and the continent of Africa.
So far there have been about 29 people who were killed on the attack in a hotel at the capital. The attack was led by al-Qaida militants and was confirmed by officials. At least 18 different nationalities were part of the fatalities. Six of the victims were Canadian, two Swiss, one Dutch and some French.
The attack was orchestrated by two Africans and an Arab who were all killed during the assault on the hotel and nearby café in Ouagadouguo, There was a fourth terrorist involved with the attacks as well at the nearby Yibi hotel as the place was being searched by soldiers during a raid they conducted later to restore order.
Burkina Faso’s president has said that two of the attackers were women and there may still be a fifth attack at large who was seen escaping from a nearby bar after the pandemonium struck.
The exact details of the attack were as follows. Late on Friday night the attackers took control of the Splendid hotel, standing at five stories. The hotel is a popular destination for foreigners and members of the United Nations. Cars were burnt outside of the establishment and people were taken hostage. In the first hours of the attack the security forces went floor to floor in a gunfight against the hostage takers and terrorists. They freed some 60 hostages after first entering the building and killing all of the attackers.
Leaders of many nations who were affected by this attack have warned their citizens to avoid this area at all costs especially following the attacks and the main locations where this all took place. The leaders have also wished their condolences to the families and those who were killed or injured during the attack.
Security forces freed at least 60 hostages when they first stormed the building, with commandos continuing to fight a floor-by-floor battle with the gunmen several hours after the initial attack.
Burkina Faso is going to observe two days of national mourning surrounding the events to honor the victims. In the aftermath both hotels targeted were charred from the explosions and have been under heavy surveillance from the local government and military. The area has been sectioned off and no one is allowed to go in or out of it as soldiers are walking around and in the building.
A few cars outside that were parked in front of the building are completely blackened from the firefight and the place looks like a disaster. This was a great tragedy for a small country and the country and the world will be feeling the saddening aftermath of this tragic event.