Westerners kidnapped in Burkina Faso flee, reach peacekeepers in Mali

A Canadian woman and an Italian man who had been kidnapped by armed militants in Burkina Faso in 2018 have been found in good health in the northwest of Mali.
United Nations (UN) sources confirmed on Saturday that Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto, both in their 30s, had managed to flee their captors and had been received by peacekeepers at a local UN mission base in the northern Malian city of Kidal.
“UN blue helmets found an Italian citizen and a Canadian citizen near Kidal, who had been taken hostage in Burkina territory in 2018,” a security official from the UN mission in Mali, known by its French acronym MINUSMA, told AFP.
“Both are well. They are under our protection. They will be transferred to Bamako on Saturday and then flown home to their respective countries,” the security official said.
Sources at the mission said the pair were flown out on Saturday afternoon on a special plane to Bamako, Mali’s capital, where they met President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at the presidential palace.

Source: https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/03/15/620910/Burkina-Faso-hostage-kidnap-Mali


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