About 30 hostages have been freed after an attack on a hotel in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, that killed at least 20 people.
Several masked men stormed the Splendid Hotel, taking hostages, after car bombs went off outside, eyewitnesses said.
Communications Minister Remis Dandjinou tweeted that some 30 hostages had been liberated and that a military operation to secure the site was ongoing.
He said Minister of Public Works Clement Sawadogo was among those freed.
Thirty-three people were in hospital receiving treatment, he added. It is not known if any hostages remain inside the hotel.
French special forces and Burkinabe troops were involved in rescuing hostages, Mr Dandjinou said.
He said that the number of those who lost their lives was not yet known.
Hospital chief Robert Sangare said at least 20 people had died in the initial attack, before the security forces began their assault.
One group that monitors jihadist networks said al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed it was behind the attack on the four-star hotel.