Local and French forces escort people from Burkina hotel as gunfire continues

2016-01-16 10:28

Ouagadougou - Forces from Burkina Faso and France escorted more people from a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso's capital as they worked to take back the fire-blackened building. The rescuers exchanged heavy gunfire with al-Qaeda militants who had seized the hotel the night before.

At least 10 bodies had been found amid the attack by Islamic extremists on a luxury hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso. Internal Affairs Minister Simon Compaore said that the 10 bodies were found inside the Cappuccino Cafe, a restaurant next to the Splendid Hotel.

It is unclear how many people remain inside the hotel after dawn broke Saturday in Ouagadougo.

An official at the Pentagon in Washington says one US military member is embedded with French forces on the scene of the attack. The source tells AP there are about 75 US troops in Burkina Faso: 15 assigned to the embassy and about 60 assisting the French military. The US is working to help provide the France with surveillance and reconnaissance help.

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