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.
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
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”.