Obama offers 'condolences' over French hostage deaths
US President Barack Obama offered condolences to French President Nicolas Sarkozy Monday over the deaths of two French hostages in a failed rescue attempt after they were kidnapped in Niger.
French officials said the two men were killed "in cold blood" by their captors during a French rescue attempt after they were chased across the border into Mali by Niger forces on Saturday.
A Malian security source told AFP that irrefutable proof of the involvement of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) had been found at the site where French special forces backed by helicopters attacked the kidnappers.
Obama was meeting Sarkozy in the Oval Office for a meeting focusing on France's current leadership of the G20 and G8 economic groupings.
© 2011 AFP