American missionary among dead in Burkina Faso hotel attack

American missionary among dead in Burkina Faso hotel attackRescue workers carry a body from the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. The overnight seizure of a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital by al-Qaida-linked extremists ended Saturday when Burkina Faso and French security forces killed four jihadist attackers and freed more than 126 people, the West African nation’s president said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

WESTON, Fla. (AP) — The mother-in-law of an American missionary has confirmed that he is among those killed after al-Qaida fighters attacked a hotel and cafe in Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou.

Carol Boyle said Michael Riddering, 45, died in the Cappuccino Cafe, where he was to meet a group that was going to volunteer at the orphanage and women’s crisis center he ran with his wife, Amy Boyle-Riddering. Riddering was in the cafe with a pastor, and when the attack started they ran in different directions, Boyle said, and it wasn’t until a family friend found him in the morgue that they knew he was dead.

At least 28 people died in the attack by fighters, which triggered a siege lasting more than 12 hours.

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