Operation to retake Burkina hotel from Islamists ends – security minister
French and U.S. soldiers gather before launching a counter-assault on Islamist gunmen at the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - REUTERS

OUAGADOUGOU:  Security operations to drive al Qaeda fighters from ahotel they seized in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou late on Friday have ended with 126 hostages freed, the West African nation’s security minister said on Saturday.

“Three jihadists were killed. They were an Arab and two black Africans,” Simon Compaore told Reuters, adding that operations were continuing at the nearby Yibi Hotel.

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