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Canadian, Italian kidnapped in Burkina Faso in 2018 released in Mali

Issued on: 14/03/2020 – 12:08Modified: 14/03/2020 – 12:10

A Canadian woman and Italian man kidnapp..

By admin , in Health , at March 14, 2020

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A Canadian woman and Italian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso in December 2018 have been released to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in neighbouring Mali and appear to be in good health, a mission spokesman said on Saturday.

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Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto went missing while travelling through Burkina Faso, a country where jihadist groups with links to al Qaeda and the Islamic State group are active.

UN mission spokesman Olivier Salgado told Reuters that Blais and Tacchetto were received by peacekeepers on Friday evening and would be handed over to Malian authorities later on Saturday.

“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, 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.

Blais, from Quebec, and her partner Tacchetto, from Venice, disappeared in mid-December 2018 while travelling throRead More – Source

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