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W. Africa to 'fight back' as Burkina hotel gunmen named

A police officer stands guard during a visit by Burkina Faso's and Benin's presidents to the Splendid hotel and the Capuccino cafe on January 18, 2016 in OuagadougouAl-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Monday named three gunmen behind a deadly attack on a top Burkina Faso hotel that has highlighted the growing reach of jihadist groups in west Africa, as French police joined in the probe. Burkinabe troops fanned out across the capital, Ouagadougou, with security stepped up at key sites as visiting Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi pledged that west African nations would fight back against a mounting terrorist threat. The toll from the weekend attack rose to 30 late Monday with the death of French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui, Morocco’s MAP news agency reported.

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