Sarkozy rejects terrorism after Niger hostages killed

9th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed Sunday he would never bow to terrorism, after two Frenchmen were apparently executed by hostage takers in Niger.

Sarkozy denounced the killing as "a barbarous act by barbarous people," in an address in the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe. France will "never accept the diktat of terrorism and terrorists," he vowed.

The two victims, named by French officials as NGO worker Antoine de Leocour and his friend Vincent Delory, were seized in a Niamey restaurant on Friday, prompting Niger and French forces to chase the kidnappers.

The two were found dead after fighting between these forces and the captors.

The hostage takers have not been identified but the killing raised suspicions that they may have had links to a branch of the Al-Qaeda extremist network which has claimed other abductions of French nationals in Niger.

© 2011 AFP

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