Mali arrests at least two suspects in European kidnap probe

21st March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The arrests were made in connection with a kidnapping of a Swiss couple, a German woman and a British man in Niger in January.

Bamako -- At least two suspects in the kidnapping of four Europeans in Niger, claimed by Al Qaeda's North African branch, have been arrested in Mali, a security source said on Friday.

"On Friday in northern Mali we arrested at least two suspects in the kidnapping of the European tourists,” the Malian security source told AFP. “Two of the suspects were transferred to Bamako."

A second independent source in northern Mali said a total of four people had been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a Swiss couple, a German woman and a British man in Niger on January 22.

"In total four people were arrested,” he said. “Some were brought to Bamako while others remain detained in the north."

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb last month claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, along with the abductions of two Canadian diplomats, including the UN envoy to Niger, and their driver in Niger last year.

Mali is holding two Mauritanian members of the organisation it arrested earlier this year.

AFP/Expatica

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