French troops free hostages in Burkina Faso

French hostages Laurent Lassimouillas (left) and Patrick Picque, kidnapped in Benin and now rescued by French forces, 10 May 2019Picture copyright

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Frenchmen Laurent Lassimouillas (L) and Patrick Picque have been amongst 4 captives freed

4 international hostages have been freed by French forces within the West African nation of Burkina Faso, the French authorities says.

Two of these launched are French. The opposite two are stated to be an American girl and a South Korean girl.

Two French troopers have been killed through the raid, the French presidency stated. 4 kidnappers have been additionally killed, AFP quoted the French navy as saying.

The French hostages had been kidnapped in neighbouring Benin on 1 Might.

Their launch was secured by way of a navy operation carried out on Thursday evening within the north of Burkina Faso, the Elysée palace stated.

Frenchmen Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas, each music academics, disappeared within the distant Pendjari Nationwide Park in Benin the place that they had been on safari. Their native information was discovered lifeless.

The 2 troopers who have been killed through the rescue have been named as Cédric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello, described by officers as belonging to a particular operations unit.

The French navy posted photographs of the troopers on social media.

French officers additionally thanked the militaries of the US, Benin and Burkina Faso for his or her assist in the operation.

The park is on the border with Burkina Faso the place Islamist militants have been more and more lively in current months.

No additional particulars of the opposite two hostages liberated got.

President Emmanuel Macron congratulated “the French armed forces for the liberation of the hostages, and consists of everybody who labored alongside them”, the federal government assertion stated.

“He bows with emotion and solemnity earlier than the sacrifice of our two troopers who gave their lives to save lots of these of our residents,” it added.

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