Al-Qaeda wants 90-million-euro ransom for French hostages

21st March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is demanding at least 90 million euros in a ransom for the release of four French hostages held since September, a source close to mediators said Monday.

The French people were kidnapped in September 2010 in neighbouring Niger, where France has a large stake in uranium mining, and are still being held hostage in the desert.

"The kidnappers are demanding at least 90 million euros (128 million dollars) to release the four French hostages still being held," said the Niger source close to talks taking place in northern Mali.

"They also want the release of AQIM prisoners taken in several countries, including France," the source said.

© 2011 AFP

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