2 French soldiers killed while freeing 4 kidnapped tourists in Burkina Faso
The two soldiers have been named as Cédric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello, both members of France’s special forces.
Two French hostages, captured in Benin on May 1, as well as a US citizen and South Korean national were successfully freed in the operation.Also on rt.com 6 Russians kidnapped after pirates attack vessel near Benin – Maritime authority
In a statement, French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated the armed forces for successfully freeing the hostages and thanked the families of the deceased servicemen for their sacrifice. Macron also thanked the Beninese and Burkinabé authorities for their “perfect cooperation” and reaffirmed France’s commitment to fighting terrorism in the Sahel region.
There are no confirmed reports of casualties among the kidnappers.
France’s Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly confirmed the deaths in an online statement and offered her condolences to the families of the dead soldiers.
Morts pour la France cette nuit au Burkina Faso, les commandos marine Cédric de Pierrepont et Alain Bertoncello ont sacrifié leur vie pour sauver celle de 4 otages, désormais libres. Je pense à leurs familles, à leurs frères d’armes. Toute la Nation s’incline devant leur courage. pic.twitter.com/AiLn6iVCxw— Florence Parly (@florence_parly) May 10, 2019
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