Missionary killed in Al Qaeda attack in Burkina Faso

On January 16th, an American missionary was among nearly two dozen victims killed by Al Qaeda-linked militants in an attack on a luxury hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso.

At least 28 people were killed and 126 others were held hostage for hours by at least four militants in Ouagadougou, officials said.

The American missionary's body was identified by his wife on Saturday, according to family members that I spoke to that day. Mike Riddering, 45, worked with his wife Amy at Les Ailes de Refuge orphanage in Yako, a town about 100 kilometers northwest of the Ouagadougou.