Rescue workers inspect damaged cars at the entrance of 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)
MOSCOW (AP) — Four members of a Ukrainian family, including a 9-year-old child, were among those killed when al-Qaida fighters attacked a popular cafe and hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou, Ukraine’s foreign minister said Sunday.
The dead included a Ukrainian woman who together with her Italian husband owned the cafe, and their child, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevgeny Ignatovsky told 112 Ukraina television.
He gave no further details. Nor did Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, who used Twitter to report the deaths of four family members, including a 9-year-old child.
The Italian foreign ministry said in a statement Sunday the 9-year-old son of Gaetano Santomenna, the Italian owner of Cafe Cappuccino, was inside the cafe with his mother when the attack took place, but it had no confirmation that the boy had been killed.
Ukrainian websites identified the other two Ukrainian victims as the sister and mother of the cafe owner’s wife. This information could not immediately be confirmed.
Friday’s attacks left 28 people dead from at least nine different countries including Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Libya, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine and the U.S.