Burkina Faso begins 3 days mourning after al-Qaida attack

In this grab taken from video by Associate Press Television, two unidentified armed men approach a vehicle, near to a hotel, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Attackers struck an upscale hotel popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital late Friday, fueling the recent political turmoil in the West African country. Three hours later, gunfire could still be heard as soldiers in an armored vehicle finally approached the area. (Associated Press Television)

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) – Burkina Faso is beginning three days of national mourning after an attack by al-Qaida militants left at least 28 people dead.

In a message broadcast to the nation, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said the people of Burkina Faso must unite in the fight against terrorism.

He also announced that security forces will be stepping up security checks at entrances to the capital, Ouagadougou, and other major towns, as well as along the country’s borders.

The period of national mourning began Sunday, a day after Burkinabe and French forces ended a more than 12-siege at an upscale hotel in downtown Ouagadougou.

When the gunfire and explosions finally stopped, authorities said 18 were killed in the hotel and 10 killed at a nearby cafe. The four attackers were also killed.

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