Quebec woman released alive after abduction in Burkina Faso

A Canadian woman and her Italian travelling companion who were suspected to have been abducted in West Africa 15 months ago have been released.

Edith Blais, 34 of Sherbrooke, Que., and Luca Tacchetto 30, had been travelling by car in southwestern Burkina Faso, heading to Toga to do volunteer work when they vanished around Dec. 15, 2018.

A month later, Burkina Faso’s security minister referred to the pair’s disappearance as a kidnapping, but the Canadian government did not confirm that, saying only that officials hadn’t ruled out any possibilities.

A spokesman for the United Nations mission in Mali confirmed the news of the pair’s release on Twitter, saying “They are free.”

Olivier Salgado also tweeted a photo of Blais and Tachetto, both wearing white UN human rights T-shirts and sweatpants and smiling.

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