Update 2019-05-10: According to recent reports the security operation took place in northern Burkina Faso. No exact location was disclosed. Four kidnappers were killed.
2019-05-10: Overnight Friday (09/10 May, local time), during a military operation near the Mali border, two French, one South Korean and one US citizen were freed from captivity. Two French soldiers were killed during the military action.
Heightened security measures and operations of security forces are to be expected. Armed clashes are possible during arrests of terror suspects. Travellers are advised to exercise high caution, to strictly avoid operations of security forces, and to follow instructions from security forces.