20 dead as Al-Qaeda attacks a hotel in Burkina Faso, Africa

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Burkina Faso (Africa), Jan 16: At least 20 people have been killed and another 15 wounded in an ongoing assault on a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso on Friday night.

For the dead, we do not have a precise figure, but there are at least 20 dead, said Robert Sangare, the head of Yalgado Ouedraogo hospital.

"We have had at least 15 wounded with bullet wounds and others who suffered injuries during the panic to escape."

Al-Qaida militants struck an upscale hotel and nearby cafe late Friday that are popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital, taking an unknown number of hostages and forcing others to hide for their lives as gunfire and explosions rang out. Commandos used explosives to storm the building five hours later, accidentally setting fire to the hotel.

It was not immediately known how many people may have been killed during the siege, though a survivor told hospital director Robert Sangare he estimated the toll could be as high as 20. At least 15 other people were seriously wounded by bullets and undergoing treatment at the Yalgado Ouedraogo hospital, he

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