In the early morning hours of May 11, French special operations forces (SOF) rescued four hostages, to include an American, during an audacious hostage rescue operation against a terrorist camp in Burkina Faso. Two French commandos, however, were killed in action during the operation.

The four hostages included one American, one South Korean, and two French citizens, Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas.

According to the emerging reports, the French commandos and U.S. intelligence were unaware of the presence of the American and South Korean hostages. They were just attempting to rescue the two Frenchmen who had vanished early in May while on safari in the neighboring country of Benin.

Four terrorists were killed, but two managed to escape in the confusion.