Burkina Faso's soldiers take position in the surroundings of the hotel Splendide and the cafe Cappuccino during an attack on both the hotel and cafe by Al-Qaeda linked gunmen early on January 16, 2016. / AFP / AHMED OUOBA
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Security forces in Burkina Faso ended a siege at hotel and a restaurant that were stormed by Al Qaeda linked gunmen, killing three extremists and freeing 126 people, but another assault was ongoing at second hotel nearby.A security source said at least 22 people were killed in the extremists' assaults on the Burkinabe capital's four-star Splendid hotel and the nearby Capuccino restaurant, which are popular with U.N. staff and foreigners. Thirty-three of the 126 people freed from the Splendid hotel by Burkinabe troops backed by French special forces were wounded. Communication minister Remis Dandjinou told AFP the assault was carried out by Burkinabe troops with the support of French special forces.The attack comes less than two months after a extremist hostage siege at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital Bamako left 20 people dead, including 14 foreigners -- an attack claimed by the same Al-Qaeda affiliate behind the unfolding Ouagadougou assault.
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