An al-Qaida affiliate known as AQIM, or al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, claimed responsibility for the attacks started on Friday night and ended on Saturday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso and French forces killed four Islamist extremists on Saturday and freed more than 126 people to end the siege of a luxury hotel by militants.
The initial attack started at around 7.30pm local time on Friday (January 15), when witnesses say at least three gunmen started firing in the air outside the Splendid Hotel. After the gunmen stormed the hotel, shots could be heard coming from inside the building.
Burkina Faso's government says 26 people were killed and a further 56 injured. Those killed come from at least 18 different countries, and include two French nationals.
Burkina Faso is to observe 72 hours of national mourning for the victims.
At least four attackers died in the assaults. There were claims that some of those involved were women.
As well as the luxury hotel, a cafe and another hotel nearby were targeted. The operation to take back the hotel lasted through the night and into the morning.
The UK's Foreign Office advised British nationals in Burkina Faso to avoid the area where the attack took place and monitor its travel advice.
In November, an AQIM attack on a hotel in Bamako, capital of neighboring Mali, left 19 people dead.
WTTC condemns attack in Ouagadougou
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) strongly condemns today’s attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC, said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of yet another callous terrorist attack that this time has hit the capital of Burkina Faso. Our hearts go out to all the family and friends of all the innocent victims.
The threat of terrorism is a global challenge. It is extremely important for governments and tourism business to continue to implement appropriate security measures. We must continue to support any country that is hit by one of these terrorist attacks. These incidents will not stop people traveling, as the world continues to go about its business."