Swiss hostage returns to Timbuktu

2013-08-26 20:17
Beatrice Stockli (AFP)

Beatrice Stockli (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Bradt Guide Mali
    This title features information that ranges from elephant migrations to rock-climbing. Now R262.00
    buy now
Dakar - A Swiss woman who was kidnapped and briefly held by an al-Qaeda-linked group last year has returned to the northern Malian town of Timbuktu, from where she was taken, residents said on Monday.

Beatrice Stockli, the former hostage, was seen in Timbuktu over the weekend, said Diadie Hamadoun Maiga, vice president of the crisis cell created in Timbuktu to deal with the al-Qaeda occupation.

"It's true. I saw her yesterday at the market," said Maiga. "She told me that she had never wanted to leave."

Timbuktu fell to Islamic extremists on 1 April 2012, but Stockli, a Christian, refused to evacuate. She was abducted on 15 April and ended up in the hands of the al-Qaeda-linked group Ansar Dine, according to their spokesperson Sanda Ould Boumana. She was freed on 24 April after a mediation effort led by neighbouring Burkina Faso.

A helicopter came to pick her up, flying her to Ouagadaougou, the Burkina capital.

At the time, Stockli was accused by the Islamists of proselytising for Christianity and warned that she would be executed if she ever tried to return to Timbuktu.

But Northern Mali, including the city of Timbuktu, was freed from the extremists by a French-led military campaign this January. The members of Ansar Dine fled into the desert to the north. In May, officials in Mauritania confirmed that Boumana had turned himself in to agents at the Mali-Mauritania border.

With Timbuktu no longer controlled by the Islamic radicals, Stockli decided to return, say local residents.

"I saw her in person. She looked relaxed," said Alpha Sanechirfi, who heads the Malian Office of Tourism in Timbuktu, who also served on the crisis cell. "She was walking around the market as she used to do, selling trinkets."

- AP
Read more on:    mali  |  west africa
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
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Music
 

17 photo illusions that look so real

What if they aren’t illusions? What if that dog really has a human foot – then what?

 
 

For chic geeks...

It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
Check out the speed of this robo-cheetah!
New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!
Puppy goes crazy over iPad game

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Customs Clerk

Cape Town Southern Suburbs
Tower Group (PTY) Ltd
R10 000 Per Month

Software Architect – Stellenbosch – Market Related CTC

Western Cape
E-Merge IT Recruitment
R30 000 - R50 000 Per Month

Intermediate Java Developer

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town IT
R25 000 - R35 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 1 970 000

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Somerset West

Houses R 1 595 000

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to fight against the current today but this will just use up a lot of energy and not get you very far. You...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.