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ICC Note: Pastor and others believed to have been freed from captivity over a month ago are still being held. The pastor, some of his family and others were reportedly released on July 7 by their captors in Burkina Faso. This has been proven false.

07/17/2018 Burkina Faso (World Watch Monitor) – A Burkina Faso pastor and seven other Christians reportedly released by their kidnappers one month ago are in fact still in captivity, World Watch Monitor has been told by the pastor’s eldest son.

Pastor Pierre Boéna was kidnapped by armed men on 3 June – alongside his younger son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons, a member of his church and her two twin daughters – in the village of Bilhoré, in northern Soum province, near the Mali border.

Four days later, various local media, quoting official government and church sources, reported that the eight hostages had all been released.

World Watch Monitor, quoting local sources including the well-established private radio station Omega (whose founder is the respected former journalist and current Foreign Affairs Minister Alpha Barry), also reported the information.

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