Spain condemns Al-Qaeda's French hostage killing

26th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spain on Monday firmly condemned the killing of French hostage Michel Germaneau by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which has also been holding two Spanish aid workers for months.

"The Spanish government wishes to send its solidarity and support to the French government in the face of this brutal crime," a foreign ministry statement said.

Madrid said it would continue its efforts to free Spanish hostages Albert Vilalta, 35, and 50-year-old Roque Pascual, who were kidnapped eight months ago.

Deputy prime minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said on Friday that the Spanish hostages were "well" and stressed that they were being held in Mali by a different AQIM cell than that which was holding Germaneau.

Germaneau was killed following a failed French-Mauritanian rescue bid on Thursday, which had prompted "anxiety" in Madrid over how it might affect the Spanish hostages, according to Spanish media reports.

A French defence ministry source said Spain had been consulted over the raid, which killed six AQIM militants.

© 2010 AFP

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