Jihadists claim kidnap of Swiss woman in Mali: report

Beatrice Stockly (C) is pictured on board a helicopter on her way to Ouagadougou airport on April 24, 2012Private Mauritanian news agency Al-Akhbar said Tuesday that it had received a video purportedly from the Al-Qaeda-linked Emirate of the Sahara group claiming responsibility for this month’s kidnapping of Swiss woman Beatrice Stockly in northern Mali. “We announce our responsibility for the kidnapping of this evangelising disbeliever who, through her work, has succeeded in driving large numbers of Muslim sons from Islam,” Al-Akhbar quoted a spokesman for the group as saying in the video, which was not broadcast. Abu Ahmad Tourab is the nom de guerre of Ahmad al-Faki al-Mahdi, who is accused of ordering the destruction of historical monuments in Mali’s fabled city of Timbuktu in 2012.

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