At Least 23 Killed In Burkina Faso Hotel

Burkina-FasoAt least 23 people have died after Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in Burkina Faso’s Capital.

Reports said that the siege was over after at least 150 hostages were freed at Ouagadougou’s luxury splendid hotel.

Gunmen stormed the hotel and a nearby cafe after setting off bombs.

Four of the attackers were killed, two of them reportedly women.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said that it carried out the attack which killed citizens of 18 different nationalities in the West African nation.

French President, Francois Hollande, whose forces were part of the operation against the militants, condemned the attack while describing it as “odious and cowardly”.

Muslims Shield Christians In Kenya Bus Attack

Muslims Shield Christians In Kenya Bus AttackThere has been a great show of unity and love in Kenya where a group of Muslims travelling on a bus protected Christian passengers after they were ambushed by Islamist gunmen.

Eyewitnesses said that the Muslims refused to be split into groups as they told the militants “to kill them together or leave them alone”.

BBC said that at least two people were killed in the attack, near the north-eastern village of El Wak on the Somali border.

The Somali based al-Shabab group has claimed responsibility for carrying out the attack.

The bus was travelling from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi to the town of Mandera.

Mali Hotel Attack: All Hostages Freed

MAli-attackMali’s Interior Minister, Salif Traore, has said that all hostages held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, have been freed.

Malian special forces entered the hotel after Islamist gunmen stormed the building shooting and shouting “God is great!” in Arabic.

The US-owned hotel is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but al-Qaeda affiliated militants have previously carried out attacks in the Sahel based country.

The Radisson Blu Hotel attack is coming a week after Islamic State (IS) militants killed 129 people in Paris.