Canadian Edith Place and Italian Luca Takito
Canadian Edith Place and Italian Luca Takito

Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Mali, announced yesterday, Saturday, the release of a Canadian and an Italian who had been kidnapped in Burkina Faso in December 2018, and that they appeared to be in good health and had been handed over to the mission.

UNMIS spokesperson Olivier Salgado said the peacekeepers had received the Canadian and the Italian kidnappers, and would hand them over to the Malian authorities at a later time. Bamako, from which they will travel to their countries.

The Canadian kidnapped Edith Place had disappeared, several days ago while traveling to Burkina Faso, but after a period of time it was confirmed that she was kidnapped from towards an unknown destination.

Italian Lucca Tacito, similarly, disappeared during his travel trip to Burkina Faso, famous for its militant groups linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS, who had previously kidnapped Westerners in the past, and it is not yet clear who was responsible for their kidnapping.


There was no immediate information about the circumstances in which they were found, or whether a ransom was paid for their release.