French military frees hostages in Burkina Faso, two commandos killed

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Two French soldiers have been killed in a military operation in the West African nation of Burkina Faso that freed four people from the U.S., France and South Korea who were kidnapped in neighboring Benin.

"He bows with emotion and solemnity before the sacrifice of our two soldiers, Cedric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello, who gave their lives to save those of our citizens", the statement added.

President Emmanuel Macron's office said a United States woman and a South Korean woman were also freed in the covert operation.

The hostages were identified as a USA citizen, a South Korean national, and French nationals Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas.

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"The precise and determined actions of French soldiers allowed us to take out the kidnappers while protecting the lives of the hostages", France's army chief said in a separate statement.

President Emmanuel Macron "wants to congratulate the French armed forces for the liberation of the hostages, and includes everyone who worked alongside them", a statement from the presidency said. Four kidnappers were killed and two escaped, he said. The operation to rescue the hostages took place overnight in northern Burkina Faso, it said.

"This generated to a high-level of vulnerability coupled with instability in the borders of Burkina Faso", said the source.

The last death was announced on April 2 when a military doctor was killed in Mali when his armoured vehicle hit an improvised explosive device during an operation near the border with Burkina Faso.

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Conversations with US and South Korean officials appeared to confirm that neither country had known about the hostages, Parly said. Their local guide was found dead.

The U.S. State Department, in a travel advisory issued in early April, warned Americans to "reconsider travel" to Burkina Faso as "terrorist groups continue plotting attacks and kidnappings. and may conduct attacks anywhere".

In February, Burkina Faso said militants were increasingly active in West Africa and instability in the Sahel was spreading to coastal countries such as Benin and Ivory Coast.

"We are grateful for the successful recovery of four hostages, including a USA citizen", the spokesperson said.

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