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‘The two French soldiers were killed during an assault on two shelters’, where the military did not open fire to avoid unnecessary victims

During the rescue operation to free four hostages in Burkina Faso, two French soldiers were killed. Many had given up hope as each day passed by, but the two French tourists kidnapped on May 1 along with the American and South Korean are now safe. The liberation of the hostages, including French citizens Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas, “was made possible by a military operation led by French forces overnight from Thursday to Friday in northern Burkina Faso," the Élysée Palace said in a statement. "During the operation two soldiers were killed in action, Cédric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello, both officers under the command of special operations," the presidency also reported.

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