Switzerland condemns execution of Briton

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The Swiss foreign ministry will continue to work towards releasing its citizen held in Mali.

Geneva -- Switzerland on Wednesday said it would strive to secure the release of a Swiss citizen in Mali after the execution of a British hostage Edwin Dyer by Islamic militants.

The Swiss foreign ministry condemned the killing as a "barbaric act" and offered its condolences to the victim's relatives and the British government.

"No true religion and no worldview dedicated to the well-being of all humans can condone the killing of innocent people," it said in a statement.

"Together with the British authorities and the world community the FDFA (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs) condemns this extreme violation of human dignity," it added.

Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb "killed Dyer on 31 May, finding that Britain is unresponsive and does not seem to care for its citizens," the US-based monitoring group SITE Intelligence Group quoted an online statement as saying.

Dyer and Swiss national Werner Greiner were the two remaining hostages out of six kidnapped by Islamic extremists in the Sahel region in December and January.

Two Canadian diplomats and two European women tourists were released in April and flown to the Malian capital Bamako, but Dyer and Greiner were not freed.

The Swiss ministry said it would continue to work towards securing the release of its citizen.

"Together with all concerned parties and particularly with the close co-operation of Amadou Toumani Toure, President of Mali, the FDFA continues its efforts to set the last remaining hostage, a Swiss citizen, free," it said.

AFP / Expatica

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