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Burkina Faso Reels in Aftermath of Hotel Attack

The Al Qaeda-linked attack on a luxury hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso left massive damage in it's wake.

A soldier stands guard in front of Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Jan. 17, 2016, a day after security forces retook the hotel from al Qaeda fighters who seized it in an assault that killed two dozen people from at least 18 countries and marked a major escalation of Islamist militancy in West Africa. JOE PENNEY / Reuters
The burned-out exterior of "Cappuccino" restaurant is seen. JOE PENNEY / Reuters
Investigators arrive at the Splendid hotel. ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP - Getty Images
Forensic workers examine burnt out cars. Sunday Alamba / AP
Guests of the Splendid Hotel wait to retrieve their luggage. JOE PENNEY / Reuters
French police (in white) inspect the damage to a Burkinabe armored vehicle. JOE PENNEY / Reuters
Malian Prime Minister Modibo Keita (L) Burkina Faso's Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba (C) and Burkina Faso's foreign Minister Alpha Barry leave after visiting the hotel. ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP - Getty Images
The damaged facade of the hotel is seen. ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP - Getty Images
The "Taxi-Brousse" restaurant, across the street from the Splendid Hotel (not pictured), is seen. JOE PENNEY / Reuters

Damaged cars parked outside the hotel.

Read: Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Attack on Burkina Faso Hotel

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