Algerian diplomats' lives 'at risk'

2012-04-30 10:11
Bamako - The al-Qaeda offshoot that has abducted seven Algerian diplomats in northern Mali warned on Sunday that the hostages' lives are in danger.

The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao), which kidnapped the men on 05 April at their consulate in the northern city of Gao, issued the warning in comments to AFP, following negotiations with Algeria.

"The Algerian delegation... completely refused our demands, and this decision will put the lives of the hostages in danger," Mujao spokesperson Adnan Abu Walid Sahraoui said in a short message sent to AFP.

The spokesperson did not elaborate on the demands of the kidnappers.

Various Islamist groups and Tuareg rebels have seized control of much of northern Mali in recent weeks in a campaign that rapidly gained pace after an army coup on 22 March in the capital Bamako in Mali's south.

Mujao's latest comments were a setback after last Monday, a spokesperson told AFP that, together with Islamist group Ansar Dine, "we have agreed to the release of seven people arrested on Algerian soil in Gao".

The same day, Algeria's foreign minister had said the seven diplomats were in good health, that Algerian authorities were in contact with the kidnappers, and that "we expect this will soon bear fruit".

Mujao is said to have broken off from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) in order to spread jihad to west Africa rather than confine themselves just to the Maghreb or Sahel regions.

The group in December also claimed the kidnap in October in western Algeria of two Spaniards and one Italian aid workers.

Read more on:    mujao  |  algeria  |  north africa  |  abductions
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come back into focus. You may get a second chance to say what needs to be said. The important focus today is to not...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.