Video shows SA Qaeda hostage in good health

2013-09-17 07:54
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 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 Stephen Malcom, appears in an undisclosed location in Mali. (Al-Jazeerra, AFP)

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Paris - A video showing seven hostages, among them a South African man, which was released by al-Qaeda's north African branch appears to be credible, say French authorities.

Mauritanian news agency ANI, which obtained the video, said the footage appears to show the hostages kidnapped by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) making statements pleading for their release.

All the men, including South African Stephen Malcolm, appear to be in good health, ANI said.

"Based on an initial analysis, the video seems credible to us and provides new proof of life of the four French hostages kidnapped in Arlit (northern Niger) on 16 September 2010," French foreign ministry ministry spokesperson Philippe Lalliot said.

"We are in contact with the families of our compatriots," Lalliot said. "All government departments are mobilised to allow for their release and their return to their loved ones."

The release of the video coincides with the third anniversary of the abduction of the seven men - Malcolm, four Frenchmen, a Dutchman and a Swede - from a uranium compound in northern Niger.

In the video, the Frenchmen said they were speaking on 27 June, according to ANI.

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