UPDATED: Sunday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 5 p.m. AEDT with a statement from the family of Ken and Jocelyn Elliott.

An Australian couple have been abducted in northern Burkina Faso, according to local government officials. The husband and wife have been named as Ken and Jocelyn Elliott by their family.

The news comes after Burkina Faso and French forces took back a luxury hotel in the capital, Ouagadougou, which had been attacked by suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants Friday night. The violence left at least 23 dead, according to reports, and 126 hostages were freed.

A local al-Qaeda affiliate, AQIM, claimed responsibility for the hotel attack Read more…

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