French hiker missing in Bosnian mountains

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Bosnian police on Wednesday launched a search operation after a young Frenchman was reported missing while hiking in the country's southeastern mountains, police and diplomats said.

"We have launched searches in the mountains to find a young French man, Benoit Martin, 21, who has been missing since June 16," a police official told AFP.

"He came to a hotel in the Tjentiste area, sought information on hiking paths and then he disappeared. His passport and tent are still at the Mladost Hotel," said the police official.

Police said he was hiking alone.

The French Embassy in Bosnia said it was following the matter closely and was in contact with police in the area.

© 2010 AFP

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