French investigators in Mali to probe kidnappings

7th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

French investigators and police have been sent to Bamako to shed light on the kidnappings of two French citizens at the end of November, police sources said Wednesday.

"Three or four French investigators who arrived in Bamako this week began their work on Tuesday" on the kidnapping of the two French citizens, said a Malian police source, adding the team included police and judicial officials.

A Malian judicial source confirmed the information: "There are three or four of them, they interrogated one of the protagonists in the affair throughout Tuesday morning." She did not specify who this was.

On November 24 two French nationals described as a geologist and an engineer were taken from their hotel in Hombori in the north, leading France to advise all tourists against travel to the area.

A day later an armed gang snatched a Swede, a Dutchman and a man with dual British-South African nationality from a restaurant on Timbuktu's central square and killed a German with them who tried to resist, officials said.

Nothing is known about the kidnappers but investigators suspect they are either members of or close to AQIM which has held four Frenchmen since 2010.

© 2011 AFP

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