BRITONS have been warned not to travel to an area of Burkina Faso after a hotel and cafe popular with Westerners was hit in a suspected Islamic terror attack.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) warned against travelling north of the town of Boulsa in the west African state.
A spokesman said: “You should avoid the area and follow the instructions of local security authorities.”
At least 20 people are said to have killed by al-Qaeda militants at the four-star Splendid Hotel, which is used by United Nations staff and Westerners.
The FCO spokesman added: “There could be unannounced demonstrations and strikes and the security situation may deteriorate.
“You should remain vigilant and stay away from large public gatherings. The airport and land borders may be subject to closure at short notice.
“Monitor local media and check with your airline for more information.”
Witness Vital Nounagnon said he saw four men attack the hotel and neighbouring Cappuccino Cafe on Friday at about 7.30pm.
The local al-Qaida affiliate known as AQIM claimed responsibility for the attack online online, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
A failed military coup was staged in the largely Muslim country on September 16, and presidential and parliamentary elections were held on November 29.
Friday’s violence mirrored a devastating attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in neighboring Mali back in November that left 20 people dead.
In that case, heroic Malian troops freed terrified guests and hotel staff during a siege that lasted more than seven hours.
The sickening Bamako hotel attack also was claimed by a leader of AQIM.