Ban Ki-moon condemns Burkina Faso attack, expresses solidarity

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United Nations, Jan. 17 (ANI): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack in Burkina Faso that claimed the lives of at least 29 people and expressed solidarity with the country and the region in its fight against terrorism.

“The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the people and Government of Burkina Faso, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” said a statement issued by the United Nations.

The Secretary-General reiterated the full support of the United Nations to the authorities of Burkina Faso and ‘stands in solidarity with the country and the region in its fight against terrorism’.

“He calls on the authorities to do their utmost to bring those responsible for these attacks to justice promptly,” the statement added.

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The death toll in the al-Qaeda terror attack on a top hotel in Burkina Faso rose to 29, while 56 others were wounded in the attack that loudly announced the end to a long, mostly peaceful stretch in Burkina Faso.

The dead included six Canadians, two French and two Swiss nationals as well as an American.

A fire had raged in the main entrance of Ouagadougou’s four-star Splendid hotel and screams could be heard from inside as Burkinabe forces prepared an assault to rescue hostages still trapped five hours after the assault began.

Around 10 vehicles were on fire in the streets near the hotel in Ouagadougou, not far from the city’s international airport. (ANI)

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