Friday, February fourteenth, the   UN says at least 22 people have been killed in a village in the Northwest region of Cameroon. Over half of those killed were children. No one has claimed responsibility for Friday’s incident but the opposition parties blame the killing on the government.

At least 20 reported dead in attack on hotel in Burkina Faso capital

Last night the Splendid Hotel was reported to be on fire as commandos used explosives to force their way into the hotel in an attempt to rescue hostages who had been seized by the gunmen.

The four-star hotel is a popular location with westerners, including United Nations staff.

Responsibility for the attack on the hotel and the nearby Cappucino restaurant was claimed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

The "mujahideen brothers" of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb "broke into a restaurant of one of the biggest hotels in the capital of Burkina Faso, and are now entrenched and the clashes are continuing with the enemies of the religion," the SITE Intelligence Group quoted an Arabic-language AQIM message as saying.

"O Allah, make it successful, and O nation of the Cross, wait for the glad tidings of what will harm you," the message added.

Gunshots and explosions had been heard coming from the hotel and around 10 cars were alight outside the hotel.


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