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21 February 2024

Burkina Faso terror attack: 63 hostages evacuated

A view shows vehicles on fire outside Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in this still image taken from a video January 15, 2016, during a siege by gunmen. (Reuters)

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By AFP

Sixty-three hostages, including 33 wounded, were evacuated in the early hours of Saturday from a Burkina Faso hotel besieged by Al Qaeda-linked gunmen, communication minister Remis Dandjinou told AFP.

"There are some dead but we don't have the numbers. The assault is ongoing with the Burkinabe forces supported by French special forces," Dandjinou said, adding that amongst those rescued was labour minister Clement Sawadogo.