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Kidnapped Polish Citizens Liberated in Burkina Faso – Government

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OUAGADOUGOU — The Polish people taken hostage in Burkina Faso in April were released last week, the Burkina Faso government said Wednesday.

Rafal Kamil Bednarski eastern on April 27, while traveling by bus through a rebel-attacked West African country where Islamic extremist groups have occupied territory since 2015. Was kidnapped in the state of Gourma.

He was released on June 24, and the government spoke late Wednesday without providing details to the Council of Ministers.

According to sources close to the incident, the Reuters Bednarski kidnapper drove him to a military base near the eastern border with Niger on a truck with a motorcycle, and he I took it down.

There was no immediate comment from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This year in Burkina Faso, a series of kidnappings took place in the ruling army's efforts to intensify the fight against al-Qaeda and other militant groups associated with the Islamic State. Army and civilians.

Armed men kidnapped an 83-year-old American nun from her parish in a city in the north of Kaya on April 5. Bednarski is also taken hostage. (Report by Anne Mimault and David Lewis, Additional Report by Pawel Florkiewicz in Warsaw, Written by Sofia Christensen, Edited by Alex Richardson)