Four hostages have been rescued by the military in Burkina Faso, the Ministry of foreign affairs of France informed in a communique.
Two French, one American woman and one South Korean woman.
It is with profound sadness that the government informed about the death of two French soldiers were slain during the operation. Four kidnappers were also neutralized.
The French hostages had been kidnapped in neighboring Benin on 1 May.
The two soldiers who were killed during the rescue were named as Cédric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello, described by officials as belonging to a special operations unit.
The French military posted photos of the soldiers on social media.
Burkina Faso has suffered more than 230 attacks in just over three years. In April more than 60 people died in ethnic clashes fueled by Islamic radicals attempting to gain control over Sahel.