Burkina Faso President, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, visits the Splendid Hotel that was attacked in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
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Burkina Faso's head of state vowed Monday to do everything in his power to secure the release of an elderly Australian doctor and his wife, kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked extremists."I would like to reassure their families, their loved ones and the Australian government that everything is being done to find them, in concertation with our friends and neighbours Mali and Niger and our friends abroad," President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said.He was speaking at a national commemoration in the capital Ouagadougou, attended by several thousand people, for the victims of extremist attacks on Jan. 15 that left 30 dead.The Burkina government has said the pair were kidnapped in Baraboule, near the west African country's borders with Niger and Mali.The kidnapping coincided with an assault on an upmarket hotel in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou that left at least 30 people dead, including many foreigners.
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