Burkina Faso freed hostages arrive in France

epa07562843 French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (5-L) and French Defence Minister Florence Parly (3-R) walk alongside freed French hostages Patrick Picque (L) and Laurent Lassimouillas (2-R), as well as a South Korean hostage (C) who has not yet been identified, as they arrive at the Villacoublay airport, near Paris, France, 11 May 2019. According to the French presidency, the French army has released four hostages during an intervention in northern Burkina Faso. Two are French, one American and one South Korean citizen. Two French soldiers are reported to have been killed in the operation to free the hostages. The two French citizens were kidnapped on 01 May 2018 in Benin. EPA-EFE/FRANCOIS GUILLOT / POOL MAXPPP OUT

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Three foreign hostages, including two French citizens, arrived in Paris on Saturday evening after their rescue by French special forces in Burkina Faso.

France 24 reports that that the French tourists, Patrick Picque, 51, and Lassimouillas, 46, disappeared during a tour of Pendjari National Park on May 1. The disfigured body of their guide was found shortly after they were reported missing, along with their abandoned Toyota truck.

Burkina Faso freed hostages arrive in France

Intelligence agencies tracked their captors across the semi-desert terrain of eastern Burkina Faso, where it appeared they would soon cross the border into Mali. Macron gave the order for the night-time raid Thursday on the militants’ camp, in which Picque and Lassimouillas were freed, along with an American woman and a South Korean woman.

Via France 24 / Le Monde

 

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