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Saturday, 16 January 2016

UPDATE: 20 killed, 126 hostages freed at Burkina Faso Hotel

UPDATE ON SPLENDID HOTEL ATTACKS: Finally security forces has freed 126 hostages in the early hours of Saturday, hours after terrorist struck under the cover of darkness.

According to Alpha Barry, Burkina Faso's foreign minister, 20 people were killed in the attacks. he further said that some of the freed hostages have been hospitalized.

The French Interior Ministry told the affiliate that 126 people have been freed. French and Burkinabe forces were taking part in the operation to rescue hostages.

Burkinabe forces scoured the rooms at the Splendid Hotel, looking for terrorists and remaining hostages. Those rescued included a government minister, state media reported.

The West African nation's forces, with logistical support from American and French troops, circled the hotel for hours before they started rescuing hostages.

Shortly after the forces stormed the hotel, the sounds of gunshots faded.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the Friday night attack in the capital of Ouagadougou. It mirrored another attack at a Mali hotel last year, which the militant group also said it conducted.

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