France warns of jihadist kidnap threats in Burkina Faso park

OUAGADOUGOU - The French embassy on Wednesday warned its citizens against traveling to a national park in eastern Burkina Faso after reports that Malian jihadists were threatening to kidnap foreigners.
The park, which also spills into Niger and Benin and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, lures thousands of tourists during Burkina Faso's December-May hunting season.
"We received information indicating threats coming from north Malian terrorists," said Nadia Fanton, a diplomat at the French embassy, adding: "There appear to be threats of kidnapping of foreigners in the W Park."
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