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Wed Jul 27 17:27:27 SAST 2016

Siege over at Burkina Faso hotel, restaurant, new assault ongoing: minister

AFP | 16 January, 2016 11:26
Army forces drive near Hotel Splendid where the attackers remain with sporadic gunfire continuing in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on January 15, 2016. Attackers have killed "several people" at a restaurant opposite a four-star hotel where the assailants are holed up, a restaurant staff member told AFP.
Image by: AHMED OUOBA / AFP

A total of 126 people have been freed and three jihadists killed Saturday following an assault by security forces on the Burkina Faso hotel and restaurant that were attacked by Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen, the interior minister said, adding that an assault was ongoing in another hotel.

"126 people including 33 wounded have been freed," Simon Compaore told AFP. "Three jihadists -- an Arab and two black Africans -- were killed."

"The attacks on the Splendid Hotel and the Cappuccino (restaurant opposite) are over. But an assault of is ongoing at the Hotel Ybi" next to the Cappuccino.

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