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Burkinabe police arrest 6 'foreigners' over Ouagadougou attacks

Burkinabe police arrest 6 'foreigners' over Ouagadougou attacks

Burkina Faso

Police in Burkina Faso say they have arrested six “foreigners” suspected of being behind jihadist attacks in January that left 30 people dead.

According to a press statement released by the police on Wednesday, the suspects arrested on Monday had sheltered the attackers, three of whom were killed during the January 15 raid, and were in contact with the mastermind of the plot.

Burkina’s Minister of Internal Security appreciated other West African states after sharing concrete intelligence information on the culprits.

The attack was the first of its kind in Burkina Faso’s capital and raised fears about the spread of extremism.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its affiliates also claimed responsibility for high profile attacks in Mali and Ivory Coast in November 2015 and March this year respectively.

The raid on the popular Cappuccino cafe in downtown Ouagadougou and the Hotel Splendid, which faces the cafe, killed people from 11 nations and wounded 71.