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🇲🇱 #Mali Al-Qaïda upload a video of 6 otages

The Al-Qaeda branch in Mali broadcast a video of six hostages last night reports the American center SITE, specialized in online surveillance of the jihadist movement.

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The document of 16 minutes and 50 secondes, non-dated, has been published by a group calling itself the “Group to Support Islam and Muslims”, formed in early March as a result of a merger between Mali-based jihadist group Ansar Dine, al-Mourabitoun, and the Sahara branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). ( BBC )

The hostages are:

  • Australian Arthur Kenneth Elliott – 82-year-old
  • South African Stephen McGown – kidnapped by Al Qaeda in northern Mali in November 2011
  • The Romanian Iulian Ghergut – kidnapped in April 2015 in Burkina Faso
  • The Swiss missionary Béatrice Stockly – kidnapped in January 2016 by the jihadist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
  • The Colombian and religious nun Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti – abducted in February 2017 in Mali.
  • and The French medical doctor Sophie Pétronin

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Mr McGown and Mrs Pétronin.

At the end of the video, and without making any request, a man assures the families of the hostages that “no real negotiation has begun” for their release, while affirming that discussions are “always active”.

From Actu17.

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