An Austrian couple was abducted by suspected Islamist extremists in the West African state of Burkina Faso early Saturday, the country's interior ministry said.
An Austrian doctor and his wife had been taken near the town of Djibo close to the country's border with Mali. The doctor had been running a hospital in the region for years, according to officials.
The Foreign Ministry in Vienna said it had appointed a crisis management group to deal with the incident.
It was not immediately clear if the abduction was connected to Friday's attacks on a cafe and a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou that left at least 26 people dead.
The terrorist network al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attacks and the subsequent siege, which ended when security forces raided the hotel.
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