American killed in Burkina Faso attack identified by State Department

January 17, 2016 04:06

WASHINGTON - An American killed in the attack by al Qaida in Burkina Faso has been identified as Michael James Riddering, State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement on Saturday.

The emailed statement did not provide any more information about Riddering.

Kirby added that the US embassy were in contact with local authorities and was working to assist US citizens.

Security forces in Burkina Faso retook a hotel in the capital on Saturday, a day after al Qaida fighters seized it in an assault that killed at least 28 people from at least 18 countries and marked a major escalation of Islamist militancy in West Africa.

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