Al-Qaeda linked attack in Burkina Faso kills more than 20

In this grab taken from video by Associate Press Television, two unidentified armed men approach a vehicle, near to a hotel, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Attackers struck an upscale hotel popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital late Friday, fueling the recent political turmoil in the West African country. Three hours later, gunfire could still be heard as soldiers in an armored vehicle finally approached the area. (Associated Press Television)

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (NEWS10) — At least 126 hostages are now free and four jihadists killed, following a terrifying ordeal in the capital of Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Officials say at least 23 people are dead.
The president of the West African nation says Burkina Faso and French forces killed the jihadists who were responsible for the attack.
He said two of the three attackers killed earlier Saturday have been identified as women.
Meanwhile, officials say extremists in the north have kidnapped an Austrian doctor and his wife.



Al-Qaeda-linked extremists stormed a hotel and cafe Friday, killing at least 23 people and holding hostages captive for hours.

Officials say forces have re-taken control of the Splendid hotel and the Cappuccino café.

They are searching nearby hotels to be sure there are no other extremists hiding out.

The rescuers exchanged heavy gunfire with Al-Qaeda militants who had seized the hotel the Thursday night.

33 are wounded and least 22 are dead.

An official at the pentagon says one U.S military member is embedded with French forces on the scene of the attack.


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