SA hostage still held in Mali

2014-12-09 18:16
An image grab released by Al-Jazeera television on 21 August 2012, shows part of a video broadcast by the pan-Arab channel, in which South African-Briton Stephen Malcom, appears in an undisclosed location in Mali. (Al-Jazeerra, AFP)

An image grab released by Al-Jazeera television on 21 August 2012, shows part of a video broadcast by the pan-Arab channel, in which South African-Briton Stephen Malcom, appears in an undisclosed location in Mali. (Al-Jazeerra, AFP)

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Paris - Following the release of Franco-Serbian Serge Lazarevic, held captive in north Africa since 24 November 2011, three European hostages remain in the sub-Saharan region.

A Swede, a Dutchman and a Briton who also holds a South African passport were kidnapped one day later in Timbuktu, northern Mali.

A fourth man from Germany was killed trying to resist his captors.

All of the kidnappings were claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which released two photos to back up their claim.

On 21 August 2012, the Qatari television channel Al-Jazeera broadcast a video that identified the hostages as Stephen Malcolm from Britain and South Africa, Swede Johan Gustafson, and Sjaak Rijke from The Netherlands.

A Mauritanian press agency said on 16 September 2013, that it too had a video of the three Europeans.

On 17 November 2014, AQIM released more video footage of Lazarevic, along with a bearded man identified as Rijke.

Rijke referred to a recording made on 26 September to mark his 1 000th day of detention, and spoke in English.

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