French helicopters fired on kidnapper's vehicles: source
French combat helicopters fired on the vehicles of the kidnappers of two murdered Frenchmen in northern Mali, where the charred wreckage was found, sources told AFP.
According to a source, French commandos opened fire on the vehicles before landing. Several "burnt vehicles" were discovered at the scene of the assault against the kidnappers which took place on Saturday.
According to a Malian security source, the "final assault" took place at about fifteen kilometers (nine miles) from the Malian town Tabankor (35 km south of Menaka).
"Among the burnt vehicles there was a big 4X4 registered in Benin," said an administrative official from the north.
In Niamey, witnesses to the kidnapping which has been attributed to Al-Qaeda, said the two Frenchmen were abducted by armed gunmen wearing turbans "on board a 4X4 registered to Benin."
According to French authorities the lifeless bodies of the two hostages were discovered after the attack.
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said they were "coldly eliminated" by their captors.
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