Western couple abducted in Burkina in 2018 found alive in Mali
Bamako: A Canadian woman and her Italian partner kidnapped in Burkina Faso in 2018 have been found alive in the northwest of Mali by UN peacekeepers, diplomatic and UN sources said 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.
A UN source said the pair, pictured smiling and clad in white t-shirts at a MINUSMA base in Kidal late Friday, arrived at an airport in Mali’s capital Bamako around midday on Saturday.
The source added they were to be handed over to Mali authorities in the presence of diplomatic staff from their respective countries. - AFP