Foreign Couple Abducted in Burkina Faso in 2018 Found Alive

The Canadian Woman and Italian Man would be Flown to their Countries


An Italian man and a Canadian woman who were kidnapped by an armed group in Burkina Faso in 2018 have been released.

The release of the pair was confirmed by a spokesperson of the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in Mali.

The agency said Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto were in good health.

The two went missing in December 2018 after being kidnapped by armed groups with links to al-Qaeda and the ISIL (ISIS) group. They were found near the northern town of Kidal by peacekeepers.

A security official from the UN mission said Blais and Tacchetto would be taken to Bamako before being flown to their respective countries.

The couple were driving by car to Ouagadougou from Bobo-Dioulasso on a humanitarian mission when they were abducted.