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Two commandos killed as French special forces free four hostages in Burkina Faso
Two French commandos died in the assault, during which four terrorists were killed. The rescued hostages included two French citizens, Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas, who had disappeared on May 1 while on safari in the tiny neighbouring West African nation of Benin. Mr Pique, 51, a jeweler, and Mr Lassimouillas, 46, a piano teacher, had been at the end of a trip to the remote Pendjari National Park. A wildlife reserve known for its elephants and lions, it lies close to Benin's porous northwestern border with Burkina Faso, which has been repeatedly hit by Islamist violence.