French hostages in Niger killed in 'cold blood': PM

10th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

North African kidnappers killed two young French hostages in cold blood during a rescue operation in the deserts of Niger, France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Monday.

"The hostage-takers, seeing they were pursued, killed the hostages in cold blood, according to the first elements (of the investigation) in my possession," Fillon told reporters at his office in Paris.

"The investigation will of course go deeper and all the results will be given to the families of the victims. Terrorism has shattered their lives, but it will not reduce our determination to battle this scourge."

© 2011 AFP

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