Attack on Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoJanuary 15, 2016 in Burkina Faso
As at 21:50 hrs GMT Friday 15 Jan 16 FLASH TRAFFIC. On Friday evening, gunfire and explosions were heard in the central part of Ouagadougou. Witnesses have reported seeing three gunmen near the Splendid Hotel, which is located in a busy district of the capital and frequented by United Nations officials and westerners. A car was also set on fire in front of the hotel. Unconfirmed reports of car bomb(s). The “Cappuccino” cafe located across the hotel is also believed to have been targeted.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that there is a hostage situation in the hotel.
This situation is not confirmed as over. Do not journey into the centre of Ouagadougou until it is confirmed safe to do so. Shelter in a safe place. Account for all expat and local national personnel.
Expect heavy military presence in the coming days including vehicle checkpoints and increased controls at and near airport and other potential iconic targets. Be prepared for potential disruption to flight schedules. Liaise with embassies for additional information when practical.
The attack on the hotel comes just weeks after warnings of such attacks in the wake of the attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali.