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An affiliate of al Qaeda attacked a hotel in Burkina Faso on Friday night, killing nearly two dozen people.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said 23 people from 18 different countries had been killed, and that four attackers were killed as well, the Associated Press reported.
The attackers struck at the Splendid Hotel, an establishment popular with foreigners, reports said.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attackers took hostages and were surrounded by security forces, who eventually killed the assailants and freed more than 126 people, the AP reported.
Two of the attackers were female, reports said.
French soldiers assisted in the rescue efforts.
A U.S. official told The New York Times that one American military member, out of 75 stationed in the country, provided “advice and assistance” as well.