Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, whose country is also affected by the activities of the al Qaeda-affiliated group, said earlier this week he thought the hostages were still alive.
Two suspected Islamist extremists were arrested at a bus stop in Lahore.
Al Qaeda`s North Africa branch
claimed they kidnapped two Frenchmen in Niger, saying
they were later killed in clashes between militants and French
forces, according to a message Al-Jazeera aired.
Vincent Delory, Antoine De Leocour died as the troops tried to rescue them.
Gunmen abducted the Frenchmen from a restaurant in Niamey, capital of Niger.
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