ICC Note: An al Qaeda-affiliated Islamist terror group has taken responsibility for a deadly attack on a hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital killing 23 people from 18 countries according to reports. The attack resembles the November 20 attack on Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali where 20 people died. These assaults represent a disturbing trend with the rise of Islamic extremism in West Africa becoming bolder and more empowered to carry out deadly attacks in large urban centers. This spells concern for Christians who often suffer the most under the thumb of Islamic extremism, especially in countries where followers of Christ make up a stark minority.
1/16/16 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (AllAfrica) – The siege at the Hotel Splendid in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, ended on Saturday morning, leaving at least 23 people dead, but fighting continued at another hotel and a restaurant nearby.
Burkinabè troops, backed up by French special forces, freed 126 people from the Splendid and were trying to take the Yibi hotel and Capuccino restaurant from fighters of the al-Qaida-linked group Al Mourabitoune.