The latest terrorist activities in Burkina Faso has left many wondering when all the bloodshed will end.
Late Friday night, armed gun men attacked the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou and took hostage hundreds of people inside the hotel.
At least 23 people of 18 different nationalities lost their lives, several injured, while the others were rescued by local security forces together with the French and US special forces.
With the latest attacks, recently elected Burkinabé President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, is now faced with a task of dealing with terror in his country.
He has already affirmed the state’s position to fight al Qaeda fighters who had put a siege at the hotel.
BURKINA FASO: Soldiers outside the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. 3 days of mourning declared. pic.twitter.com/UH7sFwl4bC— africanews (@africanews) January 16, 2016
Terrorist networks have already been established in the Horn of Africa, along the eastern coast of Africa and also in West Africa. These are Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram respectively.
These insurgent groups have one aim of driving out foreign troops and to introduce their harsh version of Islamic law.
A series of similar attacks have already rocked different countries in the continent, especially in Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt and Mali.
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The terror groups across the continent take advantage of the fact that many of the countries have porous borders, weak and corrupt central governments, under-trained and under-equipped military, flourishing drug trades that provide a steady source of income and vast, lawless spaces that are so large.
African leaders should take the terrorism threat seriously by reinforcing their monitoring devices to avoid future attacks.