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Swiss hostage murdered in Mali by jihadists


The last hostages released in Mali, Italians Nicola Chiacchio and Pier Luigi Maccalli, upon arrival at Ciampino airport in Rome this Friday.ANGELO CARCONI / AFP

A Swiss hostage was killed about a month ago by her kidnappers in Mali, as reported this Friday by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Government in a statement. “It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of our fellow citizen,” said Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis, who showed his energetic rejection: “I condemn this cruel act and express my sincere condolences to the relatives of the victim,” he added.

Information about this alleged murder has reached the Swiss Government from the French authorities, who in turn learned of the events through the French-Swiss hostage released this week, Sophie Pétronin. The statement states that the allegedly murdered Swiss citizen was in the hands of the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), the same that had kidnapped Pétronin, who arrived in Paris this Friday morning from Bamako, the Malian capital.

The Swiss authorities, who have not provided the identity of the allegedly deceased hostage, assure that they will do everything possible to know the exact circumstances of “the execution” of their citizen, as well as the exact place where the victim’s body is to be found. attempt the repatriation of the corpse.

The only Swiss citizen who has been kidnapped in the Sahel in recent years is the Protestant missionary Béatrice Stockly, who was abducted in January 2016 in the city of Timbuktu. It so happens that it was the second kidnapping she suffered, since in 2012 she was already held by the jihadists for nine days.

This week, four hostages held by jihadists in Mali were released: the aforementioned Sophie Pétronin, the Malian political leader Soumaïla Cissé and the Italians Nicola Chiacchio and Pier Luigi Maccalli. Everything points to the fact that his release was the result of an exchange since previously the Malian authorities had released some 200 suspected terrorists from different prisons in the country.


elpais.com