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French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui dead after extremist attack

French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui and driver dead after extremist attack in Burkina Faso

AP , Tuesday 19 Jan 2016
Burkina Faso attack
Forensic workers in protective clothing and Burkina Faso soldiers examine the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. The overnight seizure of a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso's capital by al-Qaida-linked extremists ended Saturday when Burkina Faso and French security forces killed four jihadist attackers and freed more than 126 people, the West African nation's president said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Amnesty International says a French-Moroccan photographer who was wounded in the attack by extremists on a hotel in Burkina Faso has died of a heart attack.

The human rights group says Leila Alaoui was being treated in a hospital after being shot twice, and suffered a heart attack while awaiting medical evacuation.

Amnesty International said Tuesday that its driver, Mahamadi Ouedraogo, was killed in his car. Ouedraogo was a father of four and had accompanied staff and consultants on missions in Burkina Faso since 2008.

Alaoui was in Burkina Faso for a photography assignment on women's rights.

Amnesty has condemned "the vicious attack on civilians in Ouagadougou."

Officials say about 30 people were killed.

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