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French hostages killed in rescue

Two French hostages captured in Niger were killed during a rescue attempt involving French forces, the country's defence minister has said.

A statement from French minister Alain Juppe said the hostages, who have not been identified, were found dead at the Niger-Mali border after a clash with the kidnappers.

The pair were kidnapped while dining at a restaurant on Friday night in the Niger capital Niamey.

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