Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claims responsibility for another atrocity

January 17, 2016 7:34 PM

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Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claims responsibility for another atrocity

BULLET casings should not be strewn across city blocks. Yet in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, hundreds were on Saturday morning. Small or large, thin or long, copper or silver-coloured, they covered the intersection one street away from the Splendid Hotel, which had come under attack for more than 12 hours on Friday night. The assault left at least 28 people dead and another 56 injured.

The smoke cleared on the morning after the atrocity to reveal the blackened entrance to the hotel, a ruined café across the street and burned-out shells of cars and motorcycles in between. Three assailants have been identified among the dead, though some witnesses claim there were as many as five at...

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