Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

International Francophone Games kick off in Abidjan

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Iran open to dialogue with Saudis, says top diplomat

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Spicer bows out of White House

Read more

FOCUS

Iraq's Mosul: Rebuilding a city fractured by sectarian mistrust

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Bistrot or bust? Why France's famed cafés are disappearing

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Afghans live in fear as kidnappings soar

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Kenya court rules Dubai firm can print presidential ballots

Read more

ENCORE!

Omar El Akkad's 'American War': A tale of US dystopia

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Exxon sues US over $2m fine for violating Russia sanctions

Read more

Africa

Al Qaeda group sets new deadline for French hostage

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-06

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has demanded the release of four militants by Feb. 20. for release of two hostages it holds, including Frenchman Pierre Camatte (pictured), the SITE monitoring group said.

AFP - The north African branch of Al-Qaeda has set new deadlines for France and Italy to win the release of two hostages held in Mali, a monitoring service of Islamist websites said Friday.
  
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which has threatened to kill six European hostages it is holding, said it had extended its deadline for French captive Pierre Camatte until February 20, SITE reported.
  
It warned that the French and Mali governments must release four AQIM militants held in Mali to win Camatte's freedom.
  
"Once this precious additional period comes to an end, we will have done all that we can," the group warned in a communique released on jihadist forums, according to the SITE monitoring service.
  
For Italian hostage Sergio Cicala, AQIM said it was giving the Italian government 25 days, or until March 1, to meet its demands and release imprisoned members whose names it said have been given to Italian negotiators.
  
"We ask this government, which is involved in the war against Islam and Muslims, to be well aware that the protection of the life of its citizens requires it to be serious in dealing with our demands," it added.
  
The AQIM communique failed to mention three Spaniards also being held in the northern Mali desert region, or Cicala's wife, Philomene Pawelgba Kabore, who was captured with him.

Date created : 2010-02-06

COMMENT(S)