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Burkina Faso: Two French soldiers killed rescuing hostages

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Two French soldiers lost their lives during an operation aimed at rescuing four hostages in northern Burkina Faso, according to French officials.

The rescue operation took place on the intervening night of May 9 and May 10, the French official added.

Two French civilians, identified as Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas, were among the hostages, apart from a South Korean national and a US citizen, according to Sputnik.

The tourists, who have now been rescued, had gone missing on May 1 from the Pendjari National Park in Benin, following which their local guide was found dead.

Citing a security source, Sputnik reported that the car they were travelling in was found empty across the border in Burkina Faso. Furthermore, local media reports suggest that the tourists' guide had been shot dead.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Fri, May 10 2019. 19:24 IST