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Two commandos killed as French special forces free four hostages in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso
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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 , which has been repeatedly hit by Islamist violence.