On the evening hours of May 11, 2019, French frogmen from the elite Commando Hubert conducted a daring hostage rescue operation in Burkina Faso. The operation was successful as the four hostages, two French, one South Korean, and one American, were rescued. However, two French commandos died from enemy fire.

The two commandos were identified as Petty Officer First Class Cedric de Pierrepont, age 32, and Petty Officer First Class  Alain Bertoncello, age 27.

Commando Hubert is an elite outfit akin to the American Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), also known as SEAL Team 6, and the British Special Boat Service (SBS).

The four hostages had been captured in neighboring Benin and where being transferred by the terrorists to Mali. French and American intelligence believed that once they had reached Mali, who is a hotbed of terrorism, the terrorists would hand the four men to a more radical group. So, when the Jihadists made a stop close to the Malian border in order to sleep, the French commanders gave the greenlight for the operation. The rest is history.