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French PM says three Burkina attack suspects ‘still at large’

AFP | Burkina Faso troops stand guard outside Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou on January 18, 2016

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday said three gunmen involved in the attack on an upscale hotel and nearby restaurant in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou on Friday were still on the run.

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Addressing France’s parliament, Valls revealed information that had not been made public by Burkinabe authorities.

"Six individuals opened fire on the Cappuccino cafe before taking refuge in the Splendid hotel" Valls told lawmakers in reference to the hotel and restaurant that were targeted by militants belonging to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

"Three were killed and three are still being sought," he said.

Earlier, Burkina Faso Minister of Security Simon Compaoré said several people have been detained and are being questioned in connection with the weekend attack that killed 30 people, but did not mention that suspects were still at large.

Compaoré and Foreign Affairs Minister Alpha Barry on Tuesday also met with diplomats, reassuring them that Burkina Faso will remain a safe place despite the deadly attack.

The victims of the assault included three French nationals, as well as six Canadians, two Swiss and an American.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)

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