al-Qaeda Spokesman: French Hostage Executed in Mali in Retaliation Against France Intervention

by Colonel on March 21, 2013

“A French hostage has been executed in Mali in retaliation for France’s military intervention in the country’s northern region, a man claiming to be a spokesman for al Qaeda’s North African chapter told a Mauritanian news website late Tuesday.

In Paris, a French Foreign Ministry official said the government is aware of the report of the killing of a French hostage, kidnapped on November 11, and is investigating.

The Nouakchott Information Agency, or ANI, frequently used by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, to post messages, published the report late Tuesday.

ANI quoted a man who identified himself as Ghairawani, a spokesman for AQIM, as saying the group’s fighters had executed a French “spy”, on March 10.

Two Frenchmen were kidnapped from their hotel room in Hombori in eastern Mali in November 2011.

” — Luke Shrago, Copyright 2013 France24

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