Burkina Faso
The prime ministers of Burkina Faso and Mali met on Sunday, two days after Al Qaeda militants seized the Splendid Hotel. Picture: Burkinabe and French soldiers stand near the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 15 January, 2016, that was attacked by Al Qaeda militants.Reuters

UPDATE 4:43 pm IST: Two Austrian citizens have been kidnapped in northern Burkina Faso, the security ministry said, according to ITV

A fourth attacker was also killed as security forces ended the hotel siege in the capital of Burkina Faso. 

UPDATE 3:45 pm IST: The attack on the Burkina Faso hotel has killed 23 people from 18 countries, security forces said, according to AFP. 

UPDATE 2:48 pm IST: The toll from the attack at the Burkina Faso hotel has risen to 22. 

UPDATE 2:03 pm IST: Three attackers were killed and the siege at the Splendid Hotel has ended, Burkina Faso's interior minister said, according to AFP. However, the minister said that a siege at a second hotel is still on. 

One hundred and twenty-six people were evacuated from the Splendid Hotel in the capital city of Ouagadougou on Saturday, after militants launched an attack late Friday. 

UPDATE 1:04 pm IST: Gunfire was being reported at a restaurant opposite to the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, according to AFP.

UPDATE 11:45 am IST: An Indian man was said to have been among the hostages at the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso that fell under the siege of Islamist militants. An Indian posted a message on Twitter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj from Burkina Faso claiming that a friend was inside the hotel at the time of the attack. 

He later posted that the Indian had been rescued by security forces. 

UPDATE 11:02 am IST: Ten bodies were found inside the cafe that the militants attacked before laying siege at the Splendid Hotel, The Associated Press reported. 

French and Burkinabe forces were still fighting the militants at the hotel on Saturday morning. 

UPDATE 10:26 am IST: At least 33 people were wounded in the attack at the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, AFP reported. Over 60 hostages have been freed. 

UPDATE 9:55 am IST: About 30 hostages have been freed from the hotel that was attacked by al Qaeda militants. 

Original story: 

Al Qaeda militants attacked a hotel in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on Friday, killing at least 20 people. 

The militants set off car bombs outside the hotel before storming the building, which is known to host UN members and foreigners, BBC reported. 

The al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed the attack, Site Intelligence Group said. 

According to ABC News, which cited witnesses, security forces used explosives to fight the militants, which led to a fire in the hotel. 

The attack began at about 19:30 local time and continued for several hours.