By Theodore Shoebat
A major massacre just took place in the African nation of Burkina Faso. Twenty people were killed and thirty three people have been hospitalized. According to one report:
Security forces raided a besieged hotel in Burkina Faso and freed 63 hostages early Saturday — hours after terrorists struck in the middle of the night.
Of those, 33 have been hospitalized, Alpha Barry, the nation’s foreign minister, told CNN affiliate BFMTV. Preliminary reports indicate that 20 people were killed, he said.
Burkinabe forces scoured the rooms at the Splendid Hotel, looking for terrorists and any remaining hostages. Those rescued included a government minister, state media reported.
The West African nation’s forces, with logistical support from American and French troops, circled the hotel for several hours before they started rescuing hostages.
Shortly after they stormed the hotel, gunshots that had raged for most of the night died down.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the Friday night attack in the capital of Ouagadougou. It mirrored another attack at a Mali hotel last year, which the militant group also said it conducted.