A luxury resort was raided by attackers in Burkina Faso overnight, shooting at some and taking others hostage in a siege that lasted hours and finished with 28 people dead.
The strike commenced and dragged on underneath the cover of darkness. Security forces circled the perimeter to assess the problem before they stormed in hours after.”Everyone was panicked and was lying down on the floor. There was blood everywhere, they were shooting at people at point blank,” said Yannick Sawadogo, who survived the siege. Security forces freed 126 hostages, half of whom were hospitalized and entered the hotel early Saturday, according to Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, Alpha Barry.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore told the nation 28 people were killed and 54 others. The injured included two Burkinabe police officers, one soldier and one service member.
It was not clear whether the death toll comprised the three attackers that Kabore said were killed.