United Nations: Canadian and Italian released after being kidnapped in Burkina Faso


BAMAKO (Reuters) – A Canadian and an Italian who were kidnapped in Burkina Faso in December 2018 have appeared to be in good health and have been handed over to the mission, a spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali said on Saturday.

Canadian Edith Place and Italian Lucca Tacito disappeared while traveling in Burkina Faso, where militant groups with links to al Qaeda and the Islamic State have been active and have been kidnapped in the past by Westerners.

It was not yet clear who was responsible for the kidnapping of the two, or whether a ransom was paid for their release.

Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the United Nations mission, told Reuters that the peacekeepers had received the two and would hand them over to the Malian authorities later on Saturday.

Prepared by Muhammad Al-Yamani for the Arab Bulletin – Editorial, Amal Abu Al-Saud


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