Burkina Faso terror attack: In Pics

Attackers struck an upscale hotel popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital late Friday, fueling the recent political turmoil in the West African country. Three hours later, gunfire could still be heard as soldiers in an armored vehicle finally approached the area.  

Jan 16, 2016, 12:35 PM IST
A gun-battle broke outside the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou on Friday night. Terror group Al Qaeda has taken the responsibility of the attack.
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A gun-battle broke outside the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou on Friday night. Terror group Al Qaeda has taken the responsibility of the attack.

Heavy gunfire erupted early Saturday as forces from Burkina Faso and France worked to overtake a luxury hotel that had been seized by al-Qaida militants the night before, seizing and killing an unknown number of hostages
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Heavy gunfire erupted early Saturday as forces from Burkina Faso and France worked to overtake a luxury hotel that had been seized by al-Qaida militants the night before, seizing and killing an unknown number of hostages

Al Qaida militants struck an upscale hotel and nearby cafe late Friday that were popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital, taking an unknown number of hostages.
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Al Qaida militants struck an upscale hotel and nearby cafe late Friday that were popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital, taking an unknown number of hostages.

THE SCENE OF AN ATTACK ON A HOTEL, IN OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.
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THE SCENE OF AN ATTACK ON A HOTEL, IN OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.

PLAIN-CLOTHED POLICEMEN LEADS PEOPLE AWAY NEAR THE SPLENDID HOTEL IN OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO. THE SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP REPORTS THAT AN AL-QAIDA AFFILIATE IS CLAIMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ONGOING SIEGE ON AN UPSCALE HOTEL AND CAFE IN BURKINA FASO'S CAPITAL WHERE AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF HOSTAGES ARE BEING HELD.
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PLAIN-CLOTHED POLICEMEN LEADS PEOPLE AWAY NEAR THE SPLENDID HOTEL IN OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO. THE SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP REPORTS THAT AN AL-QAIDA AFFILIATE IS CLAIMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ONGOING SIEGE ON AN UPSCALE HOTEL AND CAFE IN BURKINA FASO'S CAPITAL WHERE AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF HOSTAGES ARE BEING HELD.

About 30 hostages have been freed after an attack by militants on a hotel in Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou including the country's public works minister.
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About 30 hostages have been freed after an attack by militants on a hotel in Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou including the country's public works minister.

A RESCUED WOMAN SITS IN A VEHICLE WITH BULLET HOLE IN WINDSHIELD NEAR THE SPLENDID HOTEL IN BURKINA FASO.
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A RESCUED WOMAN SITS IN A VEHICLE WITH BULLET HOLE IN WINDSHIELD NEAR THE SPLENDID HOTEL IN BURKINA FASO.

IN THIS GRAB TAKEN FROM VIDEO BY ASSOCIATE PRESS TELEVISION, AN ARMED POLICEMAN PATROLS THE AREA AFTER AN ATTACK ON A HOTEL, IN OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.
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IN THIS GRAB TAKEN FROM VIDEO BY ASSOCIATE PRESS TELEVISION, AN ARMED POLICEMAN PATROLS THE AREA AFTER AN ATTACK ON A HOTEL, IN OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.