Islamist fighters rigged Burkina Faso hotel with explosives – security source
Security officers take their positions outside Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in this still image taken from a video January 15, 2016, during a siege by Islamist gunmen - REUTERS

OUAGADOUGOU: Islamist fighters have rigged with explosives the upper floors of a hotel in Burkina Faso they seized on Friday, slowing the progress of U.S. and French-assisted Burkinabe security forces seeking to retake it, a senior gendarme officer said.

“What’s making our job more difficult is that they’ve rigged the access to the upper floors,” the Burkinabe officer, who asked not to be named, said on Saturday.

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