January 16, 2016 / 9:26 AM / 2 years ago

Operation to retake Burkina hotel from Islamists ends: security minister

Security officers take their positions outside Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in this still image taken from a video January 15, 2016, during a siege by Islamist gunmen. REUTERS/Reuters TV

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Security operations to drive al Qaeda fighters from a hotel 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.

Reporting by Mathieu Bonkongou; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Gareth Jones

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