4 killed in shootout with extremists in Burkina Faso capital

2018-05-23 06:00

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A Burkina Faso official says three extremists and one member of the security forces have been killed during an effort to dismantle an Islamic extremist group's operation in the outskirts of the capital.

Security Minister Clement Sawadogo says four members of the security forces and two civilians were also wounded in the shootout that began early Tuesday morning. He says the fighting lasted for six hours in Rayongo outside Ouagadougou.

Sawadogo says the extremists are linked to the deadly March 2 attack against the French Embassy and army headquarters in Ouagadougou.

He says one extremist has been arrested and 30 others have been brought in for questioning. Weapons were seized including AK-47s, grenades, truck-mounted machine guns and bomb-making materials.

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