Security forces in Mali have rescued two Qatari men who had been kidnapped for ransom more than a week ago.

Officials say security forces Monday attacked the armed group holding the Qatari men, killing two of the alleged kidnappers.  Authorities also arrested five gang members and destroyed at least one of their vehicles.

Officials say the Qatari men were planning a hunting trip for members of Qatar's royal family when they were seized last week near Mali's border with Mauritania. 

Some information for this story provided by AFP and Reuters.