Transcript for Attacks on Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso, West Africa
Breaking news images coming in as we come on the air to tap at a hotel popular with westerners. These are the images coming in from the capital of Burkina four also in West Africa. Eyewitnesses describing the horrific scene gunman their heads covered shooting into the air then storming into the hotel. Cars ablaze at this hour gunfire heard in the streets. And now reports of possible hostages inside that hotel and a warning now from the US embassy to any Americans in the region. Let's get right to ABC's senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas in Washington tonight Pierre. Davis a dangerous situation unfolding in that West African country part of a new wave of terror. Or horror began just after 7:30 PM local time. Multiple gunmen storming the splendid hotel in downtown whether due to amid the gunfire reports of two car bombs detonated. People running for their lives. French news agencies tonight's thing at least twenty have been slaughtered in the assault authorities engaged he assailants in the pits gun fight that went on for hours this situation is still fluid but the early word is that all American embassy in military personnel in the area. Have been accounted for. There was a similar attack in nearby Molly just two months ago killing twenty as well this week has been a bloody ones. Tonight's assault is the third terror attack in four days targeting western national. Tonight an al-Qaeda affiliate is claiming credit for the carnage. US citizens and embassy personnel are being told to stay away from downtown. And curfew has been imposed the situation still dangerous David. Here Thomas will be staying on the story into the night here thank.
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