Franco-Swiss woman kidnapped in Mali - officials

2016-12-25 11:00


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Bamako - A woman with French and Swiss nationality was kidnapped Saturday in Gao, the biggest city in Mali's restive north, officials said.

"We immediately launched a search," a security source said on condition of anonymity, without revealing her identity or how she was abducted.

Two elected officials in Gao, more than 1 200km from the capital Bamako, confirmed the kidnapping.

There have been no claims of responsibility.

A French diplomatic source in Paris said they were trying to verify the information.

Northern Mali fell to jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda from March 2012. These forces were driven out of key towns when France led an international military intervention the following year.

But barely a week goes by without attacks on security forces despite a peace pact signed in May and June last year following lengthy negotiations between the government, groups backing it and Tuareg rebels. Kidnappings are rare.

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