Burkina Faso Capital Hit By Gunfire, Hotel Attacked

16/01/2016 10:23 AM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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A woman carrying a baby on her chest waits on the side of the road as people ride past on motorbikes in Ouagadougou on December 3, 2015. / AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Gunmen have attacked a hotel used by westerners in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, in west Africa.

Eyewitnesses said two car bombs went off outside the Splendid hotel at around 19:30 local time (same as GMT).

Three to four masked men then stormed the Splendid Hotel, which is used by UN staff and westerners, witnesses said.

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